A is for Absent Voters’ Lists

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775c Today we start a month of blogs as part of the A to Z blogging challenge. We shall be working our way through the alphabet describing sources for the history of Buckland Brewer.

In preparation for the General Election in 1918, Absent Voters’ Lists were compiled for those serving in HM Forces. The information usually included name, home address, regiment or ship name, rank and number. Not all have survived but those that remain for Devon are held in Devon Heritage Centre (formerly known as the Record Office) in Exeter.

AVL Spring 1919Local voter registration officers asked the next of kin for details of those serving. This enabled voting cards to be sent to those in the UK. Those serving on the Western front were sent ballot papers. Anyone serving further afield voted via a proxy voting form. There seems to have been a second request for information at a later date. The second list is shorter, as more men had been demobbed. Some individuals appear on both lists.

These lists are known to contain inaccuracies and omissions but are none the less a useful source of addresses. They can also help point researchers in the right direction if an individual’s service career is being traced.

We have copies of the Absent Voters for Buckland Brewer, Bulkworthy and East Putford and the details appeared in Newsletter 1.




Filed under Soldiers, Sources

3 responses to “A is for Absent Voters’ Lists

  1. riverfairchild

    What a great way to work through the alphabet! Welcome to the A to Z challenge.

    River Fairchild – A to Z Challenge, a Jeremy’s Angels Co-Host Minion
    Seasoned With Words

  2. This sounds like a good source of information for those with relatives in that group.

  3. Visiting on the 1st day of the #Challenge. What an incredible blog with great information and visuals. Very professional presentation. I know this takes a great deal of energy and research. Congratulations on a great result. If you have an interest in gardens-mostly English-and time, come and visit me. Again, congratulations on this blog.

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