Local newspaper published lists of men who didn’t sign up for service
As the number of volunteers coming forward dwindled, conscription (the compulsory enlistment of people in a national service, most often a military service) was introduced in January 1916.
Many men tried to avoid conscription and went before the military tribunals.
Others took matters into their own hands and ignored the papers and ‘disappeared.’
Lists of those who had not taken themselves to join the forces appeared fairly regularly. The numbers of men increased as the war continued. Some were found: many weren’t.