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GRADE 3 MEN. I ARE THEY CONSIDERED CROCKS ? I A LITTLE "BREEZE" AT ITRECON TRIBUNAL. I I- .1 I- I The value of Grade 3 men to me Aruij m do g "breeze" at the Brecon Rural Tribunal. on Friday, be- tween a member and Capt. Wilson, the new National Service representative. It aros« in the case of an ap- plication from Sennybridge, a postman, who was in category Grade 3.. men wer,) '??° ?homaf Gridths said that Grade 3 men were considered "crocks" in the Army. Capt. Wilson: Oh. no! Certainly not. Rev. Thomas Griffiths (warmly): I f, e your pardon, sir, I have read in the papers that they are considered as fcuch, and I think this man merely a"eroek for Army purposes. If you .ewl such a man to the Ami) he will only he an expense to the natIOn-only an en- cumbrance and expense to the nation, anù- Capt. Wilson (interposing) ;aid it seemed to him that Air Griffiths had com- there in a most aggressive 6pirit towards him. He had never spoken to him in his life, and yet he appeared most aggressive. "This gentle- man," said Capt. Wil-on, "appears to want to have an argument and quarrel about the whole thing." Rer T. Griffiths I am not at all aggressive to you. I have a perfect right to speak my own mind. I have sat on this "tribunal for two years, and I know what I am about, and I am as anxious to get men for the Army as you or anybody else. Capt. Wilson said Mr Griffiths had a perfect right to t'peak, but would it not be better to -speak in a better manner? It was not a case of quarrelling. He (Mr Griffiths) appeared to be most aggressive towards liim, while he 'had heen met by the chairman and other mem- bers in a most courteous manner. The Chairman (smiling): You are strangers to one another, and when you know one another you will have a better feeling one towards another. I Capt. Wilson .said the tribunal might not be aware j that Grade 3 men were very badly Wl1ted for the j It was quite a wrong interpretation to put upoil it that men of Grade 3 were not wanted, and they were c-rtainlv not regarded as "cracks," hut were able to d.) a great deal of service to their country. The appli- cant would probably have very much .the. same kind of work to do in the Army as he was now doing. Applicant said that a doctor had told him he would not be of use to the Army. Exemption was granted to 1.t May. In another case, thar of a young man on a farm. Capt. Wilson maintained that, in view of the terrible war, he could very well be .spared. Mr J. Smith Is it essential that food should be pro- duced or not? If so, you must have men to produce it. It was stated in another case by applicant that he considered a tailor in a village was doing work of far more ntional importance than a tailor in a town. With regard to a "one man business" plea, the National Service representative stated that a new re- gulation was made by which no one could ,et up a new business in opposition. In most causes a short exemption was given. The members present were :\res5rs..Jenkin William" (chair- man), John Jones (Llanflhangel-nantbran), J. Smith < Green way), Evan Jones, HI. Watkins. T. Morgan and the Rev. T. Griffiths. At the outlet, the chairman pro- posed. and Mr John Jones seconded, a vote of con- dolence with the Rev. T. C. Richards (a member of the Tribunal) on the death of his wife. The resolution was carried with every manifestation of sympathy.

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