We are grateful to findmypast.co.uk for the following information and data about Henham civilians at the outbreak of World War 2.

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 (aged over 15yrs.) 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.

On September 1st, 1939 Germany invaded Poland, putting the wheels in motion for Britain to declare war on the 3rd. On September 5th, the National Registration Act received royal assent and Registrar General Sir Sylvanus Vivian announced that National Registration Day would be September 29th.

Having issued forms to more than 41 million people, the enumerators were charged with the task of visiting every household in Great Britain and Northern Ireland to collect the names, addresses, marital statuses and other key details of every civilian in the country, issuing identity cards on the spot.

The identity cards issued were essential items from the point the Register was taken right up until 1952, when the legal requirement to carry them ceased. Until that point, every member of the civilian population had to be able to present their card upon request by an official (children’s cards were looked after by parents), or bring them to a police station within 48 hours. The reasons were numerous – it was essential to know who everyone was, of course, and to track their movements as they moved house, as well as to keep track of the population as babies were born and people passed away.

The 1939 Register, then, represents one of the most important documents in 20th century Britain. The information it contains not only helped toward the war effort, it was also used in the founding of the NHS.

The 1931 census was destroyed during an air raid on London and the 1941 census was never taken. The 1939 Register, released online by Findmypast in partnership with The National Archives, is therefore the only surviving overview of the civil population of England and Wales spanning the period 1921-1951. It bridges a census gap that risked losing an entire generation, and is a fascinating resource for anyone interested in understanding 20th century Britain and its people.

Open records of the 1939 Register for England and Wales are available online at findmypast.co.uk where you can search by name or address, or browse by place or street. It is free to search for these records, but there is a charge to view full transcriptions and download documents. This service is pay per view only at present. However, you can view these records online free of charge at The National Archives in Kew. The Register contains details of 40 million individuals. For each individual the following details are included: address, schedule number, sub number, surname, first name(s), role (for institutions only – for example, Officer, Visitor, Servant, Patient, Inmate), gender, date of birth, marital status and occupation.

 

 

HENHAM
First name(s) Last name(s) Birth Occupation Address Borough / District County
Walter Andrews 20th Aug 1912 carpenter (goverrment contractor) Sand Pits, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Violet N M Andrews (Rogers) 12th May 1909 ledger clerk radio & cycle The Bungalow, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Eleanor G Booth 2nd Apr 1873 unpaid domestic duties Pennington View, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Henry V Booth 29th Jun 1873 Post Office servant - retired Pennington View, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Susannah C A Booth 8th Jul 1875 School Mistress - retired Pennington View, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Cyril E Camp 13th Jan 1910 postman, married Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Hilda M Camp 14th Aug 1910 unpaid domestic duties Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Gertrude F Cutler 2nd June 1871 widowed, housekeeper (domestic), retired Chalfont Cottage, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Violet M Goodwin 26th Jan 1911 daily domestic Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Ada N Harman 1st Oct 1886 unpaid domestic duties Sand Pits, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Ernest E Harman 10th Jan 1890 vermin catcher and farm carter Sand Pits, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Spencer E Harman 28th Aug 1914 carpenter (good contractor) Sand Pits, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Frederick Harvey 14th May 1877 farmer, married Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Harold L Harvey 5th Mar 1905 tractor driver assisting father Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Matilda Harvey 17th Jan 1878 unpaid domestic duties Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Winifred A Harvey 2nd Oct 1907 unpaid domestic duties Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Ella M Jones 1st Aug 1911 unpaid domestic duties, married Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Peter M. Jones 18th Jun 1938 under school age Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Amelia D King 4th Aug 1903 unpaid domestic duties Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Edward B King 12th Nov 1903 ???, married Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Richard B King 30th Jul 1932 at school, single Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Frederick Knight 24th Feb 1876 sand & ballast produce, (sleeping partner), married Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Harriett Knight 7th Jub 1876 unpaid domestic duties, married Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Hilda L Knight 22nd Apr 1912 unpaid domestic duties, married The Lillies, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Leslie T Knight 30th Oct 1907 mechanic apprentice (tractors, car and ?), married The Lillies, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Jeannie McPhail 17th Jul 1883 private means, single Elsen End, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
George Morton 10th Feb 1897 chauffeur, married Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Lilian Sarah Morton 23rd Apr 1904 unpaid domestic duties, married Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
John Morton 18th Nov 1930 at school Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Robert Morton 5th Jan 1932 at school Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Christopher G Rayment 26th Nov 1885 Milk Recorder for Essex Milk Recording Society, married Elsen End, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Tessie M Rayment 30th Jan 1887 unpaid domestic duties, married Elsen End, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Annie Rogers 9th Jul 1885 unpaid domestic duties The Bungalow, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Samuel O Rogers 21st Apr 1882 farm labourer The Bungalow, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Charles (H) Sandford 3rd Nov 1870 coal carman retired, married Chalfont Cottage, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Louisa Sandford 15th Sep 1870 unpaid domestic duties, married Chalfont Cottage, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Annie Spriggs 28th Mar 1876 unpaid domestic duties, married Rest Haven, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Annie D Spriggs 30th May 1906 unpaid domestic duties, married Rest Haven, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Cecil L Spriggs 14th Sep 1903 railway clerk, married Rest Haven, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Louis W Spriggs 25th Jan 1873 railway stationmaster retired, married Rest Haven, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Kathleen Turner (Harvey) 27th Sept 1916 upholsterer and sewing machinist Pennington Hall, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex
Hilda A Wise 12th Mar 1906 unpaid domestic duties, married Rest Haven, Henham Road Saffron Walden Essex

 

LITTLE HENHAM
First name(s) Last name(s) Birth year Occupation Address Borough / District County
Noah Butler 21st Mar 1900 farm labourer Brayshot, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex
Rosina Butler 29th Apr 1907 unpaid domestic duties Brayshot, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex
Jessie K Cornell 6th Oct 1910 unpaid domestic duties, married The Thaleh, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex
Walter R C Cornell 23rd Oct 1907 tractor driver and machine attendant on farm, heavy worker, married The Thaleh, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex
Briacher Loveridge 13th May 1926 at school, single Brayshot, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex
Lucken H Loveridge 9th Feb 1915 farm labourer, married Brayshot, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex
George Pilkington 4th Mar 1907 horsekeeper, assistant farmer, single Jock Farm, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex
John Pilkington 14th Jan 1906 tractor driver, assistant farmer, married Jock Farm, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex
Kate E G Pilkington 24th May 1870 unpaid domestic duties, married Jock Farm, Little Henham Saffron Walden Essex

 

 

PLEDGDON
Last name(s) First name Birth year Occupation Address Borough / District County
Joan Faircloth (Foster) 11th Dec 1927 at school ? House, Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Albert E Foster 12th Feb 1902 general labour - heavy worker, single ? House, Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Emily N Foster 18th Jul 1866 unpaid domestic duties, married ? House, Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Alice T Foster (King) 16th Sep 1905 cook domestic service, single ? House, Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Kate Monk 26th May 1868 unpaid domestic duties, widowed ? House, Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Frederick Palmer 6th Aug 1884 farm carter, heavy worker, married Pledgdon Green Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Mary F Palmer 28th Jun 1883 unpaid domestic duties, married Pledgdon Green Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Margaret F Reeve 29th May 1909 private means, unmarried Pledgdon Hall Saffron Walden Essex
Albert (E) Sampford 25th Jul 1902 farm carter, heavy worker Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
George Sampford 24th Feb 1900 farm carter, heavy worker Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Ida (B) Sampford 13th Aug 1899 unpaid domestic duties, married Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Joyce (F) Sampford 127th Feb 1910 unpaid domestic duties, married Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Alfred Smith 11th May 1883 farm labourer, married Pledgdon Hall cottages Saffron Walden Essex
Bertie W Smith 2nd Feb 1885 farmer Pledgdon Hall Saffron Walden Essex
Christiana Smith 7th Jul 1884 unpaid domestic duties, married Pledgdon Hall cottages Saffron Walden Essex
Dorothy M K Smith 13th Sep 1895 unpaid domestic duties, married Pledgdon Hall Saffron Walden Essex
Guy Smith 6th Feb 1918 farmer Pledgdon Hall Saffron Walden Essex
Leslie M Smith 6th Oct 1912 farm stockman Pledgdon Hall cottages Saffron Walden Essex
Maurice P Smith 30th May 1909 farm labourer Pledgdon Hall cottages Saffron Walden Essex
William E Thake 13th Mar 1904 farm tractor driver, married Pledgdon Hall cottages Saffron Walden Essex
Archie J Thorn 23rd Feb 1899 casual farm labourer, heavy worker Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Ellen M Thorn 1st Dec 1897 unpaid domestic duties Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Annie Willard 10th May 1865 unpaid domestic duties White Thorn, Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Charles Willard 4th Apr 1871 coachman (domestic), retired White Thorn, Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Agnes M Willett 20th Oct 1885 unpaid domestic duties Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
John Willett 2nd May 1896 agricultural handyman, heavy worker Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Margaret L. Wright 23rd June 1870 private means, single Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Margery L. Eisinger 10th Jul 1899 unpaid domestic duties Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Walter Palmer 31st Mar 1882 farm labourer, married Pledgdon Green Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Rose A. Palmer 9th Dec 1881 incapacitated, married Pledgdon Green Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Alice E. Frost 7th Feb 1911 nurseryhand, single Pledgdon Green Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Reginald C. Wright 14th Jan 1914 auxillary postman Pledgdon Green Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Elsie Wright 26th Jun 1915 unpaid domestic duties Pledgdon Green Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Walter King 13th Apr 1893 railway lengthman, repair .., engineers maintenance (heavy work), married 'Hill Top', Mill Road Saffron Walden Essex
Maud M. King 28th Jun 1891 unpaid domestic duties 'Hill Top', Mill Road Saffron Walden Essex
William W. King 29th Apr 1921 carpenter 'Hill Top', Mill Road Saffron Walden Essex
Robert King 28th Apr 1923 shop assistant - grocery 'Hill Top', Mill Road Saffron Walden Essex
Gerard D. Kluysse 1st Jul 1904 poultry farmer - general, sale of chicks, heavy worker Co-querico Ltd Poultry Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Anna Kluysse 2nd Oct 1909 unpaid domestic duties Co-querico Ltd Poultry Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Cecile Dunne 14th Mar 1933 at school Co-querico Ltd Poultry Farm Saffron Walden Essex
Jules De Cleene 20th Mar 1907 nurseryman & market gardener (own account) 'Sunnymead' Saffron Walden Essex
Frederick Smith 21st Oct 1861 railway signalman - retired 'Hill View' Saffron Walden Essex
Mary Smith 8th May 1863 unpaid domestic duties 'Hill View' Saffron Walden Essex
Jessie De Cleene 23rd Sep 1901 housekeeper )domestic) 'Hill View' Saffron Walden Essex
Beatrice Coxshall 18th Mar 1902 unpaid domestic duties 'Sunny Burwood" Saffron Walden Essex
Daphne Coxshall 27th Mar 1928 at school 'Sunny Burwood" Saffron Walden Essex
Arthur Barker 7th Jun 1866 gardener (domestic) retired 'Sunny Burwood" Saffron Walden Essex
Emma Barker 7th Nov 1866 unpaid domestic duties 'Sunny Burwood" Saffron Walden Essex
George Fleet 29th Jun 1870 farm labourer - retired 'Ebenezer' Saffron Walden Essex
Mary A. Fleet 16th Mar 1873 unpaid domestic duties 'Ebenezer' Saffron Walden Essex
Frank G. Camp 25th Nov 1905 farm worker assisting vrother (paid) council houses Saffron Walden Essex
June Taylor 22nd Jun 1926 at school Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Eileen Thorn 1st Dec 1928 at school Pledgdon Green Saffron Walden Essex
Anthony Thorn 8th Sep 1936 under school age Pledgdon Saffron Walden Essex
Beryl Payne (Thompson) 3rd Jun 1928 at school Pledgdon Saffron Walden Essex