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By   1917,   most   younger   men   were   already   serving   and   older   married   men   were   now   being   called   up   to   serve.   The   Military   Tribunal system   allowed   men   to   appeal   against   their   call   up   for   a   variety   of   reasons   and   the   tribunal   cases   reported   in   the   local   paper   reflect this increasing age profile. HORSHAM RURAL TRIBUNAL Barns Green carpenter, 40, three months. Attendant at Christ’s Hospital, 40, four months. WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES Jan 1917 Charley   Parker,   Allen   Parker’s   eldest   son,   received   his   call   up   papers   early   in   1917.   Charley   was   40   and   married   with   2   children.   Like   his   father,   he   was a   carpenter   and   was   now   foreman   in   charge   of   the   family   businesses   building   contracts.   The   family   appealed   to   the   Rural   Tribunal   and   Charley   was granted three months exemption. Frederick   Goodall,   the   Hospital   Orderly   at   Christ’s   Hospital   school   was   also   called   up,   but   by   March   1917   the   outbreak   of   measles   was   so   severe   that Itchingfield   School   closed   for   one   week,   and   at   Christ’s   Hospital   the   epidemic   was   so   serious   that   the   onsite   infirmary   was   filled   with   boys   suffering from   measles.   Dr   Upcott   appealed   to   the   tribunal   on   behalf   of   the   orderly   and   40   year   old   Frederick   was   given   four   months   exemption   from   military service. In April 1917 Charley Parker’s exemption expired so the family were again in Horsham at the Rural Tribunal hearings. This time the tribunal turned them down, but recognising the difficulties for the business in losing a key employee, they did grant a five week stay. In May 1917 Charley left Barns Green to join the Royal Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic – his carpentry skills were highly sought after by the RFC whose planes were all constructed from wood! HORSHAM RURAL TRIBUNAL A   Barns   Green   builder,   with   six   sons   applied   for   exemption   of   one   aged   40,   described   as   a   foreman   carpenter,   passed   for   general   service.   Three sons   were   in   the   Army,   one   was   a   bricklayer   and   one   a   blacksmith.   He   had   two   other   men,   but   this   son   was   the   mainstay   of   the   lot   -   Exemption refused, but given five weeks by arrangement with the military. WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES April 1917