Not everyone supported the war, and not all men wanted to go and fight. When compulsory service was introduced at the start of 1916 via conscription, many men argued that they should be exempt.
The Richmond & Twickenham Times of 23 September published an article about “A Sarcastic Tradesman” who had been called up for service. He had argued at the Military Service Review Tribunal that he should be excused as he needed to run his shop. The man posted a “sarcastic” notice on his shop in Twickenham noting that it would be closed for the duration of the war, “… the Twickenham Tribunal having decided that the services of the proprietor are of greater value to the country in a military capacity“.
He added that he hoped the tribunal had made provision to ensure the shopping needs of the neighbourhood would be met.