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Sursis Originaires Sénégal (1918-1919)
in ANS 4 D 108

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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This file contains letters concerning railroad workers at Thiès who were deferred from military service so they could continue working for the railroad. The files are divided into two folders, one for the Chemin de Fer Dakar-St. Louis, and the other for the Chemin de Fer Thiès-Kayes.

For most workers, there was no problem, but a few were accused of desertion and became the object of punishment. For example:

Lt. Gouverneur du Sénégal to Gouverneur Général de l'AOF,
official telegram n°BM 737 (Saint Louis, July 27, 1918)

A mason named Amadou Fall received a deferment from military service, but he failed to show up for work at the railroad. M. Fall requested a deferment in June 1918 and it was confirmed by both the Directeur du Chemin de Fer and the Lt. Gouverneur du Sénégal [See "Demande de sursis," n°117 in the same folder.] It turned out that there were two men named Amadou Fall, and the one who failed to go to work had sailed to France on June 29 1918. [See Gouverneur Général de l'AOF to Commandant Supérieur, letter (Dakar, August 1918).]