From the Vault Friday: Military Exemption

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Todays “From the Vault Friday” features a Notice of Disposition of Claim for Exemption (Dated March 24, 1916), from the Pierre Lozeron family fonds (Fonds 006), in which Pierre was applying to be exempt from military service. The form lists his reason for requesting exemption as being his occupation as a farmer. Under the Military Service Act of 1917, all able bodied men between 20 and 45 years of age, who were bachelors or widowers without children, had to sign up for service. Many applied for exemption, and as a farmer, Pierre was granted his request. However, in 1918, the government cancelled all exemptions, and Pierre had to reapply. August 12, 1918 he was again declared exempt from service until November 1, 1918, when he would have to declare how many acres of arable land, how many acres of grain, hay, and pasture land, as well as the number of horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs. It is unclear if he was exempted again, but it’s unlikely that he served as the armistice was signed November 11, 1918, eleven days after the exemption expired.

Read more about the Pierre Lozeron family fonds (Fonds 006) here.

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From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.