1939 WW2 Register.

On Friday, 29th September, 1939 the entire population was enumerated during the process of WW2 Registration when everyone was issued with National Identity Cards.

The register did not include any person already serving in the armed services. Besides recording full names, the record includes birth date & in many cases the future married surname of single women (as a hand written addenda). Children/minors were usually not named in the register.

The Identity Card was finally abolished in February 1952, but the identity numbers were used within the NHS to give everyone an individual number.  People who had a Identity Card issued during WW2 still retain the same number as their NHS identity today.

Find My Past and Ancestry have released the entire register, with the exception of certain redacted records. To gain an understanding of the Enumeration Districts, there is a helpful article http://www.findmypast.co.uk/articles/1939-register-enumeration-districts?_ga=1.234361756.345444609.1386409852. These records ar available to search for free, at Suffolk Libraries and Record Offices.

A breakdown of some of the Districts in Suffolk are as follows:

Borough / District Type Area Code   Registration District & Sub District Village
Suffolk Ipswich CB TVA   213-2  
Suffolk Ipswich CB TVO X 213-2 Ipswich
Suffolk Aldeburgh MB TWA      
Suffolk Beccles MB TWB      
Suffolk Bungay UD TWC      
Suffolk Eye MB TWD      
Suffolk Felixtowe UD TWE      
Suffolk Halesworth UD TWF      
Suffolk Leiston cum Sizewell UD TWG      
Suffolk Lowestoft MB TWH      
Suffolk Saxmundham UD TWK      
Suffolk Southwold MB TWL      
Suffolk Stowmarket UD TWM      
Suffolk Woodbridge UD TWN      
Suffolk Blyth, Suffolk RD TXA S 216-1 Benhall, Nr. Saxmundham
Suffolk Deben RD TXD      
Suffolk Gipping RD TXF B
209-1 Ashbocking?
Mill Green (Stonham Aspal)
Suffolk Hartismere RD TXH I
210-1 Rickinghall Inferior
Thornham Parva
Aspall, Rishangles
Suffolk Hartismere RD TXI A
210-2 Wendham
Suffolk Lothingland RD TXJ      
Suffolk Samford RD TXK      
Suffolk Wainford RD TXL      
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds MB TYA      
Suffolk Hadleigh UD TYC      
Suffolk Haverhill UD TYD      
Suffolk Newmarket UD TYE      
Suffolk Sudbury MB TYF      
Suffolk Clare RD TZA      
Suffolk Cosford RD TZD      
Suffolk Melford RD TZE      
Suffolk Mildenhall RD TZI      
Suffolk Thedwastre RD TZK E 207-4 Langham
Suffolk Thingoe RD TZM