Directing heads, sole traders and the professions

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:
Directing heads, sole traders and the professions

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Northamptonshire's Tribunals were much occupied with applications from important food-distribution or retail sectors. Urban Tribunals attempted to ensure that proprietors who remained out of uniform helped to support the businesses of their less fortunate peers. With the failures of Cecil Henry Rathbone, Arthur Percy Price, and other ‘indispensable’ businessmen, many applicants continued to regard their centrality within a concern as being in itself sufficient reason for their cases to be considered favourably. It is noted that the local sentiment regarding sole proprietors and heads of businesses exercised a powerful influence upon the Tribunals, even during periods in which recruitment pressures were mounting. Cases that show the continuing extemporary nature of the Tribunals' approach to one-man businesses are provided. In judging the Tribunals' motivation and actions regarding the businessman/sole proprietor, the potential return upon effort must be considered.

Keywords: Northamptonshire; Tribunals; proprietors; Cecil Henry Rathbone; Arthur Percy Price; sole proprietors; heads of businesses; businessman

Chapter.  11609 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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