1939 Register Closed Records Statistics

People in the Register who were born less than 100 years and a day ago and are still alive are ‘officially closed’.
The Register was updated until 1991, meaning that the record of anyone who was born less than 100 years and a day ago but died prior to 1991 is not closed.Picnic Chingford PlainsPicnic on Chingford Plains (Mary Ann Pullum nee Souche with her daughter Edith Louise Brown nee Pullum and grandsons John & David c. 1938

Individuals on my database who would be on the 1939 register but whose records would be closed fell into one of 3 groups:
● Although closed, a record was almost definitely the person = Closed likely
● A record found could be that person but there was some doubt = Closed possible
● No record was found that was likely to be them = not found

Closed Likely

There were 39 individuals whose records were closed but their entry on the 1939 register was almost definitely found. This is because all of the individuals were with their parent(s) and / or siblings except in one case, where she was with her husband.

There were 14 males and 25 females


The majority were under 11 but this may be because the older children’s records are open as they have died earlier.


Closed Possible

There were 13 individuals whose records were closed and it was possible that the record had been identified but there was some doubt.  The usual reason for the doubt was that there were less closed records in the same household as the parent(s) than those parent(s) had children.

They were siblings from 5 families:
● 1 closed record but 3 possible children
● 2 closed records but 3 possible children
● 1 closed record but 2 possible children
● the record next to the mother’s is recorded as a different household
● 3 closed records but 4 possible siblings (not with parents)

Therefore there are 7 closed records that could be for 13 individuals.
So it could be considered as 7 records found and 6 not found.

There were 6 males and 7 females


The lack of older children that was seen with the other closed records is not repeated in this group.

note: the individual age 24 was female so not conscripted (she married the following year)


Operation Pied Piper, began on 1 September 1939 and officially relocated more than 3.5 million people over 3 days. Therefore it is possible that 6 of these children (i.e. the ones that can be considered not found) were evacuated as they lived in London. However the 4 who were 5 and under, would only have been evacuated with their mother.
“Children below school age must be accompanied by their mothers or some other responsible person.” (Issued from the Lord Privy Seal’s Office July 1939)

This later fact may certainly account for one of the families.
The household found has 2 open records. These are 16 year old Lucy Pullum, a biscuit packer and her brother 14 year old Stanley, a wood worker. Their parents are not in the household but with them are 3 closed records. At that time Lucy and Stanley had 4 siblings aged 15, 6, 5 and just under 1 year. So it is likely that this household contained the older siblings and perhaps the baby was evacuated with the mother. However that still means the father’s whereabouts are unknown.
Tragically the eldest 3 children were killed on the first day of The Blitz on the 7th of September 1940

Last updated: 23.08.16