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Includes Royal Marines (RM) and Royal Naval Division (RND). Although technically navy, many of these men served as soldiers on land.
Includes the village of Radcliffe

The Absent Voters' List 1918

Alnwick and Amble Area,
Northumberland

 
 

Absent Voters' List 1918

   The Representation of the People Act 1918 allowed 'absent voters', that is those away from their home constituency, the opportunity for the first time to vote, generally postally or by proxy, provided their details had been given to the civil registration officers. The "Absent Voters' Lists" (AVLs) compiled from this information are therefore and extension of  the local electoral rolls.  The first AVLs were published in the Autumn of 1918, the election itself was held on the 14th December 1918, and an updated series of AVLs were published in the spring of 1919.
     1918 was the last year of the Great War, and the AVLs provide a most useful identification reference for local men aged 19 or over serving in the armed forces away from home. (Note: the normal voting age was 21 for civilian men)
 
Our Transcription
    The sections we have reproduced here are extracted from the Wansbeck and the Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency AVLs.  The original bound volumes are stored at the Woodhorn Archives in Northumberland. There is much contemporary handwritten annotation to the original printed lists which we have also reproduced here, and the lists do contain a number of errors of which we have made no attempt to correct. Atypical abbreviations also demonstrate the lists were compiled by civil servants rather than the military.
 
Notes:
Roman text (upright) is the original printed text.
Italics represent the handwritten notes, probably added in late 1918/early 1919, and we also noted that a number of handwriting styles are evident, therefore a number of individuals were adding notes and corrections. Text struck through in ink is also shown as struck through on our transcription.
Blue text are our notes and therefore do not appear on the original list. We have kept these to a minimum.
 
Abbreviations are explained on the forum here

 

Civil Parish

Total entries Army Navy N Air Force not stated
           
Amble + 425 342 52 9 22
  Gloster Hill 3 3 0 0 0
  Hauxley N 95 82 10 2 1
  Togston 26 24 1 0 1
East Chevington + 228 200 17 2 9
  West Chevington 25 25 0 0 0
   Hadston 2 1 0 0 1
  Widdrington 37 31 3 1 2
Warkworth + 51 42 2 0 7
  Acklington 17 12 4 0 1
  Shilbottle 35 33 0 0 2
  Woodhouse 1 1 0 0 0
  Guyzance 8 6 1 0 1
  Hazon and Hartlaw 1 1 0 0 0
  Felton 30 25 1 1 3
  Acton & Old Felton 4 2 0 0 2
  Elyhaugh 1 1 0 0 0
  Newton on the Moor 16 15 0 0 1
  Swarland 12 11 0 0 1
Alnmouth + 48 37 8 2 1
  Lesbury 73 68 1 1 3
  Brotherwick 3 3 0 0 0
  High Buston 4 4 0 0 0
  Low Buston 4 3 1 0 0
  Sturton Grange 2 1 0 0 1
           

totals

1151 973 101 18 59
 
 Alnwick + 1068        
   Denwick 54 ? ? ? ?
           

totals

1122        
 
 

 

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