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County Appeal Tribunal


County Appeal Tribunal Builth Tradesmen Appeal. j THE WAR AND SUBSTITUTES. I Breconshire County Appeal Tribunal met at the Guild Hall, Brecon, on Thursday. Mr D. T. Jeffreys was in the chair. Members present were Messrs. W. S. Miller, W. F. Parry de Winton, H. Evan Thomas and Edward Butler. Military representatives attending were Messrs. C. G. Inglis (Builth). C. W. Woosnam (Builth Rural), and Gwilym C. James (County). Mr Owen Price repre- sented the Board of Agriculture. Builth Cases. I Mr Frank L. Morns, grocer, baker, provision merchant and seedsman, Builth, appealed against the decision of the local tribunal in granting him no exemption. His grounds of appeal were to continue in his habitual em- ployment, and also that of financial hardship. Appli- cant was 3a years of age, a married man, and in Class B 1. Mr Morris said he was responsible for the manage- ment of the whole business. The business for the size of the town was a very important one. Applicant. gave the figures of the turnover for last year. Their busi- ness, he said, was absolutely essential to the agricul- tural community of the district. They did a large trade in seeds. There was one other merchant in the town besides his father, who was 64 years of age and of poor health. If he were taken the bakehouse might have to be closed down altogether. His baker, who had been exempted, was in Class C 3, and he had been ill for the last week, and, being a practical baker himself, he had done the baking, and for the la.st week he had worked an average of 16 hours a day. They supplied the restaurant which cat-ered for farmers' wives ftnd servants on market days, besides the ordinary baking. The seed ;season was about to begin, and, if he had to go, there would be no one to supply and judge the seeds for the farmers. Five men had left the firm to join the Army. Mr C. G. Inglis (military representative): How long were you in the hospital at the time of your illness? Applicant: For isix weeks. The Military Representative: Who carried on the business then? Mr Morris: Well, my father did; it was a case of had to. The Military Representative Well, he can do it now then. The Chairman: How many employees have you got in the shop and the bakery? Mr Morris Four in the shop, two in the restaurant, and two in the bakehouse—all girls and an apprentice, besides the baker. I have a very heavy insurance to meet. The Military Representative: How many bakers are there in Builth ? Mr Morris: There are four. The Chairman: We grant you exemption to the 1st of May, and you will have to obtain permission to ap- peal again. I Builth Tailor. I Mr Edgar Thomas Price, tailor and outfitter, Builth Wells, a married man, aged 41, and in Class C 2, was an appellant from the Builth Tribunal, and appealed on the grounds of hardship. Mr Price said he was a partner in the business with his father, who was 68 years of age. He had managed the business for a number of years on account of his father's ill-health. He had no man and his father did very little at the tailoring. Mr C. G. Inglis (military representative): But your father still attends to the shop-at least he is always there when I call in. Mr Price: I am afraid you have not been there for some time—for about three years. (Laughter.) The Military Representative (laughingly): Well, I did not think it was as long as that, but I should not like to say. Mr Price said his tailor had left him, and had not been discharged as was rumoured. The Military Representative: Your tailor left you be- cause he could not get enough work, didn't he? Applicant: He was a coat-hand and would not do any other work besides coats. The Chairman I thought the tailors went on strike at Builth. Appellant: Oh, no, there is not enough of them to strike. (Laughter.) The Chairman We give you conditional exemption, having regard to your age and class. One of the Two Plumbers. I The military representative, appealed in respect of Walter Stanley Deacon, master plumber, Builth, aged 37, married, and in Class B 1. The decision of the local tribunal was that he should undertake work of national importance. In reply to questions by the military representative, appellant said that there was only one other plumber in Builth besides himself. Mr Deacon said he did the gas fitting from the Gas Works, and was the only man in Builth capable of do- ing gas fitting. The military representative's appeal was rejected and exemption granted to 1st April, leave to appeal again to be obtained. The War and Substitutes. I Mr Lloyd, the employer of Wm. A. J. King, Builth, waggoner, age 19, and single, apealed against the de- cision of the local tribunal in providing him with a sub- stitute. Mr Vaughan Vaughan, Builth, appeared for the employer. Mr Vaughan said a substitute was provided, but was found unsuitable, owing to mental deficiency. (Laugh- ter.) The Chairman: Mr Miller here has had a similar ex- perience with two substitutes. (Laughter.) Mr Woosnam (military representative): The war has a very frightening effect on the nerves. (.Renewed laughter.) The chairman said that when a substitute was pro- vided it was subject to the approval of the Board of Agriculture representative, and the substitute had to be to his satisfaction before provided. I Mr Owen Price (Board of Agriculture): On a farm of 177 acres, as this is, one man should certainly be left. Exemption to 1st May was granted. Would Plough More. I Rice James Thomas was appealed for by his employer, Mr Powell, Thomas, it was stated, was a waggoner, aged 23, and the Builth rural tribunal gave exemption, subject to substitution, against which his employer ap- pealed. The farm was 160 acres, and applicant ploughed 21 acreis, and said he would plough more if he could keep his man. In reply to questions by the military representative, applicant said he had a son, but he was away mining. He was a good agriculturist and had been discharged from the Army, owing to his health. Mr Owen Price: Does this soq work on the farm at all ? Applicant: He does occasionally, but he is not a sticker. (Laughter). The Chairman: We grant your man exemption till a suitable substitute is provided, to the satisfaction of the local Board of Agriculture representative. Applicant: He is no good unless he is a good plough- man. The Chairman: Yes, alright, you can talk to Mr Samuel, the Board of Agriculture representative. I Co-operative Society's Manager. I The military representative (Mr Gwilym C. James) ap- pealed against the exemption granted to Wm. Elliott, age 27, a married man, grocer's manager and buyer to the Abercrave Cc-operative Society. Mr George Tudor appeared to support the case. Mr Idris Davies, secretary to the society, said that since the local tribunal meeting they had advertised daily for a manager, but had been unable to get one. The turnover was about C140 per week, and the society was representative of a large number of colliers, as it was the principal shop in Abercrave. The boot-repair- ing, he maintained, was of much importance, as the col- liers' boots were repaired by them. The tribunal granted conditional exemption. The military representative's appeal against C. E. Willinghaem. Brynmawr. grocer's haulier, warehouse- man and canvasser, which was adjourned from the last court for the man to be re-examined, was now heard. Applicant said he was now in Cla.58 C 1, and owing to this the tribunal considered it advisable that the man should remain in his present employment, and condi- tional exemption was accordingly granted. I Hay Rural Cases. I The military representative appealed agaiftst the ex- emption granted to Victor H. Harpur, traction engine driver, age 19, and Class A, on account of the man's a ge. Wm. Edwards, Talybont. appeared, and, in response to the military representative's questions, said the man had been driving the engine for 16 months and had been hauling pitwocd. There was one other man I>esides Harpur en the engine. Mr Edwards said they had 2.600 ton of timber to re- move by a certain date, and they supplied pitwood to the largest collieries in South Wales. The tribunal allowed the military representative's ap- peal, but the man would not be called upon for one month. The military representative further appealed in re- spect of Ivor Rhys Morgan, ironmonger. Hay. Appli- cant stated he carried on his brother's ironmongery shop at Hav. and said his two brothers were serving. ?1;1.d c:' from a"flild\:d btt:y on ri:e;: er's business, and was not a resident of this country. He was in Class C 1. Exemption to 1st Ifai was granted, the military re- presentative having withdrawn his appeal. The case of Wm. Percy Davies, innkeeper, age 36 and married, in which the appeal was by the military repre- sentative, next came on for hearing. The case present- ed by the military representative wa& that the man was not on work of national importance. Wm. Davies said they brewed all their ales, and his wife assisted in the business. Mr James maintained that the man's wife could carry on the business, and the appeal was allowed by the tribunal, but the man would not be called up for one month. Yitradgynlais Butcher. I The case of Edward A. Yerbury, butcher and slaugh- terman, Ystradgynlais, was taken in private. The ap- peal was by the military representative, and the man was married and aged 30. The tribunal granted con. ditional exemption, owing to the figures given by ap- plicant. Mr McTurk's Farms. I Mr George Tudor appeared on behalf of Mr Robert McTurk, Cnewr, Cray, who appealed for John Harris Davies, waggoner and hedger, age 22. Mr McTurk said the farm could not be worked pro- perly without this man, as there was only one other man on the farm. Since he was last before the tribunal he had lost one man, who had joined the Army, and one medically rejected had also left his employ. Mr Gwilym James (military representative): Now let me see, you have about 20 or 30 farms haven't you, Mr McTurk. Mr McTurk: Not quite so many. (Laughter).—I have five farms. The Military Representative: And you have 16 new employees. Is there any reason why you should not move men from farm to farm? Mr McTurk I have done so. The Military Representative: I am not prepared to deal any further with this, and I would suggest that someone should go over Mr McTurk's land and see how many men are really necessary to carry on the fa,, We Chairman: I expect it has been done. Mr James: I do not know. Eventually, exemption was granted until a substitute wais provided. Brecknock Rural Cases. I Wm. Roger Jones, aged 21, was appealed for by his father, who said he was a milkman, cowman and shep- herd. The farm was 264 acres, and he had only two men on the farm besides himself. They kept 80 cattle and 13 horses. Mr Jones said they had two contracts for supplying milk. Conditional exemption was granted. The father of Penry John Davies, age 18, appealed on his behalf. Appellant said his son was a waggoner and cowman, on a farm of 233 acres. The military representative submitted that there were four sons of military age and not one was serving. Exemption was granted till a substitute was provided. Conditional exemption was granted Wm. John Thomas, whose father appeared. "Knew as Much as He Did." I Mr Vaughan, the employer of George Jones, age 27, appeared and said he was a waggoner, and the only em- ployee he had on 200 acres of land. The Military Representative: But you have a boy of 15 to help you. Applicant: Well, I can &ee you know as much as I do. (Laughter.) The Military Representative: Well, we want to give the court all the facts of the case. Conditional exemption was allowed. David Anderson Price, age 25, was granted exemption till a substitute was provided. Which He Could Spare. I Philip Jones, age 21, horseman, was appealed for by his father, who said his son was a tenant of a farm and helped him at his farm also. He had two other sons at home besides this one. The military representative submitted that one son should serve. The Chairman: Which son can you spare best? Applicant: I can't spare one of them by right. Mr Owen Price suggested that they adjourn the case and have all the sons before them. The chairman, after further consultation, again ask- ed applicant which son he could spare best, and he re- plied that he did not know. The Chairman: Well, I am afraid the tribunal will have to decide for you. (Laughter.) Eventually, the appeal on behalf of the son aged 21 was dismissed. The employer of Chais. Powell, waggoner and cowman, next appeal against the local tribunal's decision to grant no exemption. Applicant said his farm required a lot of fencing, and, if the man could be left till April to do the fencing, he would then release him. The Chairman: The wants of the Army are more urgent and the man must serve. The appeal is re- jected. A further number of cases from the Brecon rural tri- bunal were heard, and the decisions were as follow:— Four applicants were granted exemption till a suitable substitute was provided; two appeals were dismissed; conditional exemption was granted in seven cases; and one appellant was granted exemption to 1st May. Brecon Butcher Applies for a Substitute. I Mr H. W. Phillips, butcher, Ship Street, Brecon, made application to the court for a substitute. Mr Phillips said his slaughterman had gone and he could not do the work. The Chairman: But we do not give substitutes. Mr Owen Price (Board of Agriculture) and his officials pro- vide the substitutes—we only give the orders. Mr Phillips: I have applied to the Labour Exchange, but they nnot find me a man. Mr C. W. Best, the Brecon military representative, said it was practically impossible for Mr Phillips to get a substitute from the Army authorities. He had better try and get a man above military age through the Labour Exchange.

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