On 29 February 1916, William Cochrane Barr appeared for the local tribunal and applied for total exemption, stating: “Because I am opposed to the taking of human life and am therefore opposed to war and absolutely against taking any part in its prosecution”. On March 16th, the application was dismissed.
He appealed, writing: “1) On grounds that the hearing of my case which only occupied 2 minutes could not have been properly considered as that limited time gave me no chance to establish my conscientious objection which one established entitles me to exemption. 2) That the Local Tribunal did not inform me that I had the right to cross-examine the military representative”. The appeal was dismissed.