Does it include every individual in the UK in 1939?


This record set only contains records of the civilian population for England and Wales, not the whole of the United Kingdom. Neither records for the Isle of Man nor the Channel Islands are included.

The 1939 Register was designed to capture the whereabouts of the civilian population on a specific date. Members of the armed services were not included in the register.  The Register was not meant to record members of the armed forces and the records do not feature:

  • British Army barracks
  • Royal Navy stations
  • Royal Air Force stations
  • Members of the armed forces billeted in homes, including their own homes


However, the records do include members of the armed services on leave and civilians on military bases.

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