On 9th May the association lodged an appeal with the local tribunal asking for conditional exemption stating ‘This man is indispensable. It is impossible to obtain an experienced man over military age. He is the only man employed. We have over 300 customers of whom 106 are shareholders and the turnover of the Society is over £3,000 per annum.’ Reeth Local Tribunal gave the same decision – exemption to 12th July 1916.
The military representative, Captain Williams, did not agree with this decision, and on 12th May lodged an appeal with the North Riding Appeal Tribunal. He stated that as a Manager and Secretary of a firm supplying flour and feeding stuffs to farmers, Little was not in a certified occupation and therefore could be replaced by a man over military age.
Captain Williams appeal was allowed, but Little was not to be called up before June 12 with further leave to appeal refused.
The case papers include a three page letter from the Swaledale Farmers Association dated 22 May 1916. the letter is signed by the Chairman and directors of the association.