Archibald Brown Naysmith's Military Appeal Tribunal Papers
The Military Tribunal system was set up under the Military Service Act 1916 which created the terms for mandatory military service during World War One. From 1916, men seeking exemption from military service could apply to various tribunals. Archibald Brown Naysmith was one man who appealed on the grounds of conscientious objection. This appeal was dismissed. The military representative on the Tribunal stated that 'This man would make a splendid soldier. He has a fine physique and just wants the nonsense knocked out of him.' Other examples can be seen on ScotlandsPeople where the papers can also be searched.
Archibald Brown Naysmith's Military Appeal Tribunal Papers, 14 March 1916
Credit: Crown copyright, NRS, HH30/1/1/6 (Link to the Online Catalogue entry)