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From a note sent in 1917 to the Appeal Tribunal in Middlesex, England, which reviewed requests for exemption from military service during World War I. The note is included in the case file of Charles Busby, one of more than 11,000 such records digitized and put online in January by the British National Archives. The Battle of Mons, on August 23, 1914, was the first confrontation between British and German troops on the Western front. Busby’s appeal was denied.

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