An occupation from which a person will not be taken for military service.
- There are 18,000 names altogether - an extraordinary number for an industry in which driving and signalling were considered reserved occupations exempt from military call-up.
- Those that were left were either too young, too old, or in reserved occupations doing jobs vital to the war effort.
- As wartime minister of labour, Ernest Bevin had permitted thousands of miners to enlist in the armed services rather than retaining them as a reserved occupation.
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