Boot and shoe

James McDermott

in British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084775
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702673 | DOI:
Boot and shoe

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This chapter describes the boot and shoe trade. The Northamptonshire Tribunals' treatment of the boot and shoe trade is difficult to place in a national perspective. The timing of conscription impacted greatly upon Northamptonshire's boot and shoe industry. Pressures were increasing upon both the industry and the Tribunals. Northamptonshire's Appeals Tribunal had not been troubled unduly by the boot and shoe trade. In Northamptonshire, National Service representatives were ordered to demand the removal of any conditional exemptions previously given to boot and shoe men. The most significant effect of the ‘clean-cut’ upon the boot and shoe industry was to make clear just how deeply manpower cuts had proceeded to date. The boot and shoe trade remained an attractive hunting ground for Eastern Command. The British and Allied armies suffered no ‘boot-crisis’ during the war.

Keywords: Northamptonshire; Appeals Tribunal; boot; shoe; trade; National Service; Eastern Command; British armies; Allied armies

Chapter.  13962 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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