One of the reasons the 1939 Register is particularly interesting is that it
was a working document for many years. It was used by the National Health
Service and the records remained with the NHS until 1991 -- so if people
changed their names, such as your grandmother did upon marriage in 1945, a
note was made on the original register to show the change.
Since we have color images, it is often easy to see the difference between
the ink used in 1939 and the more modern corrections (like the ones made
late enough to be written with ballpoint pens). For a change made in 1945,
the difference between the 1939 entry and the correction will be more
subtle, but if you examine the entire page, you may be able to tell
differences in handwriting between the original enumerator and the person
making the correction.
See section 9. "Further information" of TNA's research guide at
From: Danial Taylor via
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 7:17 PM
Subject: [DEV] Chagford 1939
Is anyone familiar with Chagford? I have the 1939 register for my
Grandmother [1924-1988](at least I think it is her!) and she is listed as
being a General servant in Outer Down, Chagford.
The two people she lives with, or work for are locked and therefore are
potentially still alive. I have attached the record.
I'd love to know which house this is and potentially get in contact with
occupants if they are still with us.
It is a lovely town, I went to visit my Grandmother's grave at the Church
there last year, after I left I discovered my Great-grandmother is also
On the Record it shows my Grandmother Muriel Adams born in 1924. This would
make her 15. What concerns me is this. Adams has been crossed out and
'Avery' written above. I know from primary sources that Muriel, goes on to
become a Land Girl between 1941-45. She worked on land owned by the
family in Germansweek.
All standard so far.
She marries my grandfather Harold Henry AVERY (1911-1999) in 1945 and my
uncle Kenneth Avery in born early 1946.
Why would her surname be listed as Avery in 1939?
Background note, my Grandmother was illegitimate. Her mother's maiden name
is Rudall. The father was married Major John Sylvester Connole. My
Grandmother's Aunt and husband unofficially adopted Muriel. Their surname
Adams. On her marriage bann she is listed as Muriel Rudall Adams.
What is going on? If anyone on this list can aid me or remembers these
people mentioned please get in touch.
I'll be happy to forward the record to anyone wishing to help.