No money has changed hands to make the lists available just a lot of hard work by many people especially the volunteers at the MLFHS, our heartfelt thanks to them all.
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We hope that these list benefit both Salfordians and war historians alike.
A brief bit about the Absent Voters Lists and how to use them:
Absent Voter Lists
The United Kingdom general election of 1918 was the first to be held after the Representation of the People Act 1918, which meant it was the first United Kingdom general election in which nearly all men aged 21 and women aged 30 and over could vote. Polling was held on 14 December 1918, although the count did not begin until 28 December. The wide extension of the franchise combined with the large number of voters whose military service or other contribution to the war effort meant that they were expected to be absent from their normal residential address at the time of the election required special measures for voter registration. Absent voter lists were therefore compiled listing all voters affected in this way. The lists are arranged by electoral division and then by ward and finally alphabetically by street and house number. Each voter is allocated a number and his name and identifying details are given. These latter (in the case of servicemen) consist of the person’s name, rank, regiment (or ship/naval establishment) and service number. A very small number of women’s names appear in the lists.
Using the Lists
The absent voter list is reproduced here as scanned images of the original document. This is accompanied by a name index arranged in surname/forename order giving the voter number for each person. Using the voter number, the individual can be readily found in the list. Bookmarks have been provided at intervals of each 500 voters to assist in location. The images of the lists have also been subjected to optical character recognition (OCR) to make them searchable. This might permit a regiment or ship name to be located in the list. However, the imperfections of OCR mean that this process is not wholly reliable, and the failure of a search should not automatically be taken to mean that the search term is not present in the list
Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Bn, Worcestershire Regt - DOW at Bray-sur-Somme on 18th February 1917
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment (pictured) - KIA during at trench raid at Hulluch, France on 18th May 1918
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA DOW 4th September 1918
Private 4131324 Sidney Lee, 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment, KIA during the bombing of Wallasey on 12th March 1941