On 24 February 1916, Thomas Porteus Weir applied for total exemption, stating: “I claim absolute exemption from all forms of military service, direct or indirect, on the ground that my participation in such would be incompatible with my deepest moral convictions. I cannot admit the Government have the right to compel me to cause or help to cause the death. I have been a member of the independent Labour Party for these last ten years and represented them as a delegate at the last Peace Congress held in Edinburgh. On these grounds I have my claim.”
On 25 April he was denied exemption. He appealed but the appeal was dismissed.