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THE QELLIQAER MILITARY TRIBUNAL.

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THE QELLIQAER MILITARY TRIBUNAL. MEMBER'S PROTEST. MILITARY ACTION INCIDENTS The ordinary meeting of the Gelli. gper Tribunal, was hefd at- the Council cfficos, Hengoed, on Thursday last, at, â which ths ,0 were present, Messrs E. Richer 3s, J P., chairman, Ben Hughes, ice-chairman, Edmund Jones, J.P., W. J. Giles. Walter Lewis, J P., Jonah Evans, Jenkin Edwards, Dr. Mannsell, together with the Military representative, (Mr Rowland Thomas), the assistant Military Representative (Mr Goshen Evans), and the Clerk; Mr Samuel. At the outset, the Military Repres- entative referred to the case of M.P a man formerly living and working as a coal haulier in the Parish, bilt. who is now engaged in the Maesteg district in tree felling, and whose exemption was sought by his employer at the last sittiug of the tribunal, The North Navigation Company had now satisfied the Recruiting Officer that M. D." was engaged by them in hauling timber on March 19th, so that the granting cf exemption conditional on his remaining in the work was in order. APP-CALS.-It was reported by the Clerk that there bad been 5 appeals to the county from the decisions of the tribunal three had been dismissed, which means that the decision of the local tribunal is upheld-a butcher had been granted conditional exemp- tion in place of a month by the tri- buual, and a school teacher, whose case had been refused by the tribunal, was granted exemption until July 20th conditional on his sitting the Central Welsh Board Examination. A very lively incident took place daring the hearing of the first case, in which a man aged 40 years, married, with six children appealed. It was stated by the applicant that he was engaged by the builders of the Garden City, Pengam. He was passed in Claes Cl. Applicant agreed that the building was suspended, but explained that a sewerage tank had collapsed and had to be reconstructed. Coun cillor Ben Hughes asked what was the use of granting exemptions to men with many children, as in the present case, if the Military Authori- ties were going to appeal against their decisions ? He understood that the Military were contesting cases from that tribunal. If they were to have their decisions treated in that way, it was useless them spending time there. The had gone along in harmony with the Military, and never, until lately, had their decisions been tested. Their decisions had been open and unbiased, but, apparently, the Military were going to test cases which in. volved serious hardship. Mr Hughes then referred to the case of a man aged 35, married, with six children, Class CI, whom tho tribunal had granted three months' exemption, and against which decision the Military were appealing. The case to which he referred was one in which the man had ten dependents. He, therefore, protested against the appeal. He thought the honour of the tribunal was impeached.âThe Chairman ex. plained that every applicant who was refused exemption by that tribunal had a perfect right to go to the Appeal Court against their decision. The military also had the same right, and that right could be exercised by both parties. Furthermore, they could not protest against any applicant going to the Appeal Court when their decision was against him. If they protest against the military they should pro- test against the other. Mr Ben Hughes: They are not in the same class. The Chairman: Yes, both have the same right nnier the Act. It was a source of strength to the tribunal, he added, to find that four out of six ap- peals against their decisions and the result were that their decisions had been sustained, that was the best proof that they were acting impartially. Mr Hughes went on to say that there were certain things he could not toler- ate, whereupon Dr. MaunseII suggested that Mr Hughes was inclined to le a little too thin-skinned. He thought they all acted impartially, but it did not matter two pence to him what was done after they gave their decisionsâ Mr Edmund Jones thought that Mr Hughes' complaint was .that the mil- itary appealed in cases where there were many children. In further dis. cussion mention was made of an anonymous letter.âThe Military Re-* preiestatire expressed himself upset at the little unpleasantness that had arisen,and made a full statement of the position. He referred to the results of the appeals against the tribunal's deoision, both since he became M R., and since the commencement and said that the result bad been moli grati- fying, for there was 'llta,-dly a case in which the d.ecisian of the tribunal-had been totally reversed. He urged the members with act in all discretion and ass a ?-ed the mern bars that the appeals referi-ed to had in no sease been made as the outcome of any anonymous letter, but on the merits of the cases, and advice taken. Mr Thomas added definitely that neither Captain Read or himself had received a simple anony- mousletter. Chairman That is an authoritative statement. After a few further obser. vations the incident dropped, and the applicant whoso case was under con- sideration was granted three months exemption. J.L.R., of P., general house repairer, was granted one month's exemption. Applicant stated he was 37 years of age, married, with two children was in Class A. fIe had enrolled for National Service, and claimed to have a one-man business. A.M., of H., butcher and fruiterer, married, aged 30, Bl, was granted three months' exemption. W.J.B., of T.L, quarry labourer, C2, single, aged 20, said he had had a" fracture of the thigh and an injury to the foot.âReferred to special Medical Board. L.J.W., of Y., draper, aged 34 years, Class A, claimed to be a one- man buliness.- Application dismissed, and military requested not to call him up for a month. A.P.D., of B., garage proprietor, married, with fuur children, Class A., three months' exemption. Other applicants dealt with were as follows:â C.M., of B., collier.T lampman-ad- journed. W.F.O., of B., plasterer-three months' exemption. J.G.G., of D., geaeral dealer-thrce months. A.T.O., of G., foreman bakerâthree months. H.G.>f B., hairdresser, married, Cl.-Preyions decision withdrawn, and exemption until June 30th, final, granted. C.P., of D., colliery surfacemanâ two months. S.W.B., of P., coal haulierâthree months. D R.L., of F., surface enginemanâ deferred, to go before Central Medical Board. W.H.T., of F., colliery fandriverâ dismissed. G. P., of P., colliery stoker-dis- missed. B.S.W., of T., shop managerâre- ferred to Special Medical Board. E.8.J., of B., farmerâconditional exemption. W.K., of P., farmerâconditional exemption. T.J.M., of G., cowman, Ac.âcon- ditional exemption. T.J.T., of G., farmer-referred for further consideration. T.E., of B., farmerâconditional ex- emption. D.L.M., of B., farmerâconditional exemption. W. E., of D., fà rmer-oonditional exemption. E.W., of B., motor mechanicâre- ferred to Special Medical Board. E.T.P., of B., auctioneerâadjourned for examination by Medical Board. P.T., of B., colliery carpenterâad- journed until next meeting. J.D.W., of Y., draper, &c.-one month (with leave). L.J.W,, of Y., draper-not to be called up for a month. H.J.D., of H., shipping olerk-two months. J.B. P., of H., timber merchantâ two months.

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