NHS IC launches the 1939 Register Service

We have established a new service making this previously unreleased data publicly available.

The 1939 Register Service (cost recovery) enables you to request data held on the 1939 Register for England and Wales, as recorded on the 29 September 1939. However, data will only be released for individuals who have died and are now recorded as deceased.

How to apply

Please complete the application form (pdf 50KB) and send a printed, signed copy along with a cheque for £42 to:

The NHS Information Centre
The 1939 Register Team
Smedley Hydro Rm B108
Trafalgar Road
Birkdale Southport
PR8 2HH

We will endeavour to provide a full response within 20 working days.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘ The NHS Information Centre'. International money orders or bankers drafts in favour of ‘The NHS Information Centre'. Cheques and drafts should always be expressed in Sterling. Euro cheques cannot be accepted. Please do not send cash. (Please note we arecurrently investigating the possible future use of an electronic ‘PayPal' system).

Once the 1939 Register Team have embarked on a search no monies will be refunded – even if a search is unsuccessful.

Terms and conditions

Please refer to the following before making your application:

  1. The 1939 National Registration is a record of the civilian population as at 29 September 1939. The books are arranged in National Registration Number order and based on the actual whereabouts of individuals on the night concerned. Thus, if an individual was not at his/her usual place of residence, e.g., in hospital or at a hotel, he/she will not appear at that address in the books.
  2. Data will be provided, as recorded on the 29 September 1939, only where the individual is now recorded as deceased. Where an individual is not recorded as being deceased, the information will not be disclosed unless the applicant can produce clear evidence which establishes that a death has taken place. A death certificate may not, in itself, provide sufficient evidence.
  3. Once the 1939 Register Team has embarked on a search no monies will be refunded – even if a search is unsuccessful.
  4. The information held by the NHS IC is the original information as recorded in 1939 which is now over 70 years old. As such a number of entries within the Register are incomplete or illegible due to natural deterioration and disrepair.
  5. The NHS IC will do it's utmost to provide the requested information when appropriate but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Therefore, there may be instances where the information provided is the most accurate interpretation of what is recorded.
  6. As the 1939 Register only includes individuals who were recorded at an address on the 29 September 1939, members of the Armed Forces were not normally listed as they had already been called up for military service.
  7. The information provided by each household was accepted at face value, therefore there may be instances of inaccurate information being recorded.
  8. The re-use of this information for any purpose is subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005. Should you wish to re-use this information in any way you must ask us for specific permission relating to that you wish to use. If we agree to such re-use it may be subject to licensing and may involve a fee. Applications for re-use should be submitted to enquiries@ic.nhs.uk. No re-use should take place until you have formally asked for permission and we have informed you of our decision.