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Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby ermin79 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:11 pm

I have just accessed a digitised record for a relative who has an application to join the Australian Imperial Force dated 28th June 1918. Despite the papers showing he was passed as physically fit by the medical examiner the papers are stamped with rejected and I know this individual did not serve in the army. There is no rejection code as I have seen on British army application records

At the end of the record is a note from an officer stating that these papers had obviously been sent to him in error as the candidate had been rejected. This note is dated 5th July 1918 and so the rejection must have been virtually immediate.

The individual still has living children and so I have not mentioned his name but I am confused as to why when the world was still at war a physically fit 20 year old male would have not been accepted into the army. He had no criminal record (as far as I know), he did have a temper and so they may have felt that he could not follow authority but it was a very short space of time for any incident to have occurred.

I realise that it will most likely be impossible to find the conclusive reason for rejection but would be grateful if anyone has any other suggestions!
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Re: Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby Sylcec » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:28 pm

Presumably you found the record on the National Archives of Australia site. http://www.naa.gov.au They may hold some related records, but you would need to contact them to find out. You could also try contacting the Australian War Memorial https://www.awm.gov.au/ who may be able to help answer your query.
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Re: Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:41 pm

Could it be that the parents didn't want him to go, so a quiet word was had?


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Re: Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby ermin79 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:42 pm

Thank you for the reply, yes i found it on the NAA website, i have found nothing else as yet for his name but i will make further inquiries with them and at the other site you mentioned. Many thanks

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Re: Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby ermin79 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:47 pm

I'm not sure Adrian. He was 20 years old, and had lived away from his parents for 4 years. He may have been financially supporting his sister with whom he was residing though. If someone tried to enlist but then changed their mind would they have been able to back out?

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Re: Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby brunes08 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:50 pm

Is it possible that he was in a reserved occupation? That would prevent him enlisting as he would be needed in his job. Just a thought.
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Re: Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby AdrianB38 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:54 pm

I'm not sure if the Australian government had the concept of a reserved occupation in WW1 as they didn't have conscription. In any claw Wikipedia seems to suggest that the explicit concept of a reserved occupation dates only to WW2. I think that the British government did rate certain jobs as crucial in WW1 but those circumstances (with conscription) may not carry over to Australia.

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Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby brunes08 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:34 am

According to a post on the Great War Forum, reserved occupations were listed in categories from 1915 in the UK. These included such occupations that were essential for the support of the war, such as mining, farming, munitions and so on. Others were added later. Perhaps the same was for Australia.
On the Attestation records I have for ancestors enlisting in the 1WW, they all show the occupation of the person when they signed up. Do you have any idea what the occupation was for your ancestor?
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Re: Rejection from Australian Imperial Force 1918

Postby ermin79 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:32 pm

Thank you for all the suggestions. It does say occupation 'farming' so maybe that was the reason. i knew that people in certain occupations did not have to serve in WW2 but was not aware that it may have been the same in WW1

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