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I think I have found a great-great uncle who fought in WW1 - does anyone know about the first few months of the war? - looks like he was discharged after only a month of service for medical reasons in October 1914 - is it really feasible he could have seen fighting in that short time? If it is the right relative the family story is he saw terrible things & suffered from shell-shock afterwards...
Unfortunately the few of my ancestors who do have records, it looks like many of them have missing/destroyed records (unlikely they went on the serve in WW2).
I have one record for a brother which lists both his brothers with what looked like military designations on the sign up papers. I found one of the brothers, but not the other.
There are a few that I can't find any mention of. What occupations were considered to be important enough to skip the draft?
One of my friends has an ancestor that was a farm worker and managed to not get drafted because of that. I have an ancestor who was 23 yrs, married with no kids, but working as a railway signal man. Did railway workers get excluded from the draft as well?