1939 Register Information
In December 1938 it was announced in the House of Commons that in the event of war, a National Register would be taken that listed the personal details of every civilian in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This Register was to be a critical tool in coordinating the war effort at home. It would be used to issue identity cards, organise rationing and more.
September 3rd 1939, Britain declared war on Germany. With this declaration, on September
5th, the National Registration Act
received royal assent and it was announced that National Registration Day would
be September 29th.
1939 Register, then represents one of the most important documents in 20th
Register was updated until 1991 and, owing to privacy regulations, if people in
the Register who were born less than 100 years and a day ago and are still
alive, then the record was marked 'officially closed'.
Example of 1939 Register Image