Mexborough and Swinton Times June 30, 1917
Many Conisborough Cases in The List
A Conisborough Bantam
A Conisborough man, and oiler and cleaner, past A2, was allowed to July 31.
A Conisborough hairdresser, was employed as an oiler and cleaner, made a personal appeal. He said he had been working seven shifts a week at the colliery, and Mr Alan, who appeared for him, called attention to the fact that she was only 6 st 10 lbs in weight, more like a Bantam than anything else. His left eye was also impaired.
The applicant, Atlanta question, said if he went, there would not be a hairdresser left at all in the town, and he said for health reasons he considered one was necessary in the district, which was very populous. He worked at the colliery during the day and the to shop at night, and from 4 o’clock to 9 PM on Saturdays.
Mr Allen said the man ought never to have been classified A, and suggested it was a case for re-examination.
Capt Okell: You have heard of the Bantam battalion, and they went to France? – Yes
And they did good work there.
Captain Okell: And they were less than you? – Yes, and younger men than me.
Is there anything the matter with you? – Well, I have varicose veins.
The appeal was dismissed, and he was given to the end of July.
A Conisborough confectionery firm applied for a Baker, an A1 man. The local tribunal suggested that a man over military age should be obtained or a women employed in the place of the man, and also that the population should in these times learn to bake their own bread.
Mr Allen said that was a most impertinent remark. (To the employer): Is it not a fact that since the war flour was introduced the practice of making bread at home has decreased? – Yes
It was stated the man was 40, married, with two children. Each week 4000 hundred 59 loaves of bread were baked, and for the week ending June 16 the number was 4000 hundred and 70. The employer and 18 men before the war. This man was the only one of military age left. His full-time was employed.
There was a population of 10,000 and he supplied bread largely to the mining population. There was no possibility of finding man of any sort to do the work.
Mr Allen argued that making of bread over 31 and married was still exempt.
Reply to Capt Okell, the employed said he had 15 women and girls and seven boys employed.
The appeal was dismissed and the man allowed to July 31.