'The Tribunal' was adapted from an original transcript of a Military Tribunal that took place in1916. The majority of records detailing what happened in the tribunals were destroyed after the War. Sample collections from Lothian and Middlesex were saved. This film is based on a tribunal from Middlesex.
The character 'Tom' is an absolutist, a conscientious objector who refused any involvement in War.
Once conscription was introduced in 1916, thousands of men attended tribunals seeking exemption from frontline military duties. Many men sought exemption for medical reasons, others argued the case based on their occupation or family responsibilities. Men who objected on the grounds of conscience put forward moral and religious arguments. Some conscientious objectors were willing to accept a non-combatant role, and agreed to work with Red Cross ambulance teams. Other COs were known as 'absolutists' and refused any involvement in the war.
The Digital War Memorial is a project led by the Society of Chief librarians. It brings together a wide range of communities to work with high quality artists to create their own unique creative response to the First World War Centenary. Using the rich resources of local libraries and archives as the starting point, the new artworks tell diverse stories of how the First World War touched people’s lives and how it is remembered today. From 2014 to 2018 we hope to see projects across the whole country that will cumulate into a truly national memorial for our times.