On 18 February 1916, David Wilson Hyslop applied for total exemption, stating: “War is immoral, involves the substitution of brutality in place of reason, and is altogether incompatible with my principles. My adherence to peace was established prior to 1914, and the war does not alter my attitude. International disputes ought to be settled amicably by arbitration. It is my definite decision not to accept any form whatever of military service. Reference to my reply to the recruiting canvasser in November last will show that then also I denounced war.” On 23 March he was granted exemption from combatant service only.
Two days later he appealed: “That my objection extends to all form of military service, “non-combatant” included, was made clear in my application to the local tribunal. The provision in the statute that “any certificate of exemption may be absolute”, the instructions to Tribunals, and the guarantees which the justness of the claims by opponents of war has caused ambient Ministers to give, were disregarded by the Local Tribunal, who forwarded to be a certificate of exemption from combatant service only. In my civil employment, I do useful work for the community, and I cannot consent to have my energy diverted into waste channels. Therefore, I reaffirm my declaration against all militarism, and call for recognition of my claim to absolute exemption from all military service.”
The appeal was dismissed.