Conflict between military and farm service, 1917

On Friday, May 11th 1917, at the Bucks County Appeal Tribunal, held at Fenny Stratford police station, the military authorities challenged an exemption granted by the Newport Pagnell Rural Tribunal to a 30 year old single man. Employed as a horse keeper and milker on the Chicheley farm of his father, he had been passed for general service, but Mr. Goodman said that the services of his son were essential, and if he was taken the food production would be limited. Farming 160 acres, Mr. Goodman had another son, aged 25, and in addition there was a casual labourer, who came in for one day a week or so, a boy who was exempt from school for the war, and Mr. Goodman’s daughter, who, with 18 cows in milk, managed the dairy work and took the milk to Newport Pagnell. There being some 42 cattle, 60 sheep, 30 pigs, and 12 horses and colts, the farm included 50 acres of arable land, and although two grass fields were scheduled for breaking up the military claimed that one of the sons should serve. Their appeal was allowed, with the man to be called for service on June 10th, the original exemption having been until June 23rd.