The island’s military service tribunals have been sitting again this week, judging more appeals for exemption from conscription. Many of those making requests are asking for extensions to exemptions granted last year. Under tightening pressure from the military authorities to release more men, however, those judging the cases are having to show less inclination towards leniency.
Among those applying was Francois Morin, a 25-year-old from St Lawrence, who claimed to suffer from ‘headaches and swoons’, and whose father stated was essentially employed on the family farm. What’s more, the man’s father, who is also called Francois, had already served in the French Army, at the beginning of the war, and so believed that his family had done enough.
The tribunal heard that Mr Morin senior farmed 40 vergées of land, helped by his two sons, one of which had been rejected by the army on medical grounds. There were also two daughters living at home.
In giving judgement, the tribunal asserted that two daughters and one medically unfit son should be enough labour – they just had to ‘buckle-to’ and work harder. The application for exemption was dismissed, with no option for a substitute permitted.
D/AP/R/10/2 contains various records relating to Jersey’s military service tribunals, including rules and application forms.