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Lettter: Why did some miss National Service? VOICE OF THE NORTH.


IT was nice to read the letter from Les Hutchinson, branch secretary of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association offering, in some cases, much needed assistance to Ex-National Servicemen (Voice of the North, December 2).

This organisation has helped many thousands of members of our armed forces and their families over the years. Let us all give credit where credit is due.

In the 1950s, I served abroad in the Middle East in the army as a conscript. In those days, at the age of 18 you were directed to attend a 'medical examination' at a centre in Newcastle.

If you were considered to be fit and healthy, you were conscripted into the armed forces. If you were serving as an apprentice, however, your conscription date was delayed until your 21st birthday. I have often wondered why I and many thousands of other young lads in the North East had to go into the services for two years whilst other fit and healthy young men such as Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton and his brother Jack seemed to have avoided the requirement?

Can any other Journal readers offer an explanation? I would love to know.

D HALFORD, Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 6, 2008
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