Source Information

Ancestry.com. Bexley, Kent, England, WWI Registration Cards, 1914-1919 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.
Original data: Bexley World War I registration cards. Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre, Bexleyheath, Kent, England.

About Bexley, Kent, England, WWI Registration Cards, 1914-1919

Context

The first National Registration exercise in the United Kingdom was taken during the First World War. The basis behind the exercise was to identify the number of men within the population available to fight. Existing statistics were judged to be insufficiently accurate and the Cabinet decided to resolve the matter through the introduction of national registration. Under the National Registration Bill, personal information on all the adult population was compiled in locally-held registers, and identity cards were issued.