Absent Voters 1918-1919


*** UPDATED FEBRUARY 2017 ***

This page contains links to online resources and databases giving details of servicemen recorded as Absent Voters. 

When Britain went to the polls in October 1918, and again in April 1919, the names of servicemen eligible to vote but not present in their local constituencies, were published in separate absent voter lists. An incomplete collection survives today but many lists - often found published separately in bound volumes of electoral registers - have been published online already, and many more, it is to be hoped, will follow.

Although men had to be over 21 to vote, the Representation of the People Act of 1918 allowed men as young as 19 who had seen service during the First World War, to also have the vote. This included men who had subsequently been discharged from military service and were still under the age of 21, although this was not clarified until after the 1918 election. 

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Accrington - Absent Voters 1918
FREE online.

Alnwick and Amble (Northumberland) 1918
FREE online

Angmering - Absent Voters 1918
FREE online.

Ardwick - Absent Voters 1918-19
Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre has a privately compiled list of Manchester Regiment men, all of these men from Ardwick.

Ashford Division - Absent Voters 1918
Available on CD from Brickwall Research

Barnard Castle
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Barnsley

Bath
Published on Findmypast

Beaminster, Dorset
FREE online. Last name, first name initials, regiment

Bermondsey 1918
Southwark Local Studies Library

Bewdley 1919
FREE online.

Birkenhead - Absent Voters 1918
A list of Absent Voters from Birkenhead East is held at Birkenhead Central Library

Birmingham - Absent Voters 1918-1939
Available on Ancestry

Bishop Auckland
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Blackpool
Published on Findmypast

Blaydon
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Bournemouth
Published on Findmypast

Brixton
Held by Lambeth Archives

Bromsgrove 1919
FREE online.

Burnley - Absent Voters 1918-1920
Accessible at the County Library in Burnley

Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire - Absent Voters 1918
FREE online, courtesy of the Buron Latimer Heritage Society

Cambridge
Published on Findmypast

Carlisle
Published on Findmypast

Cheshire
The Cheshire Record Office at Chester has a number of Absent Voters' Lists for 1918, spring 1919 and autumn 1919. The coverage is incomplete.  See Access to Archives for a full listing.

Chester-Le-Street
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Consett
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Croydon - Absent Voters 1919
Lists are jeld at the Surrey History Centre

County Carlow 1920-21
Supposedly free online although I have not located it

Darlington
Available at Darlington Town Hall

Derbyshire
Available at Derbyshire Record Office

Dorset
Available from S and N Genealogy

Dundee 1919
FREE online

Durham
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Evesham 1919
FREE online.

Finsbury

Published on Findmypast

Fulham
Available from London Metropolitan Archives

Gateshead
Published on Findmypast. Also available at Gateshead Library

Gloucester
Published on Findmypast

Great Yarmouth
Published on Findmypast

Grimsby and Cleethorpes - Absent Voters 1919
FREE online.

Hampstead
Available from Camden Local Studies Library

Hartlepool
Published on Findmypast. Also available at Hartlepool library.

Hastings

Published on Findmypast

Holborn
Available from Camden Local Studies Library

Houghton Le Spring
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Huddersfield 1918 and 1919
Available from Huddersfield Central Library

Jarrow
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Kensington
Available from Kensington Central Library

Kidderminster 1919
FREE online.

Kingston-upon-Hull
Published on Findmypast

Lancing
FREE online. Transcribed by Sue Light

Leeds
Published on Findmypast 

Leicester
Published on Findmypast

Lewisham
Available from London Metropolitan Archives

City of London
Published on Findmypast

Manchester - Absent Voters 1918-1923
Manchester Local Studies Library has Absent Voters lists for the City of Manchester, 1918-1923

Merthyr Tydfil

Published on Findmypast

Newcastle-on-Tyne - Absent Voters 1918
Published on Findmypast
Tyne and Wear Archives also has absent voters lists for the City of Newcastle. According to Durham County Record Office, these lists are also available at Newcastle Central Library.

North Kennington
Available from Lambeth Archives

Norwood
Available from Lambeth Archives

Nottingham
Published on Findmypast

Oldham - Absent Voters 1918
The Manchester and Lancashire FHS retails the Oldham AVL for 1918 on CD.  The list is comprised of 14,514 individuals along with the person's address, electoral ward and district.  Regimental details are not given.

Preston - Absent Voters 1918
According to a correspondent (for which many thanks) the Preston AVL for 1918 is available in Preston Library.

Salford - North Division - Absent Voters 1918
FREE online PDF, published by Salford War Memorials.

Salford - South Division - Absent Voters 1918
FREE online PDF, published by Salford War Memorials.

Seaham
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Sedgfield
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

Southwark
Available from London Metropolitan Archives

Spennymoor
Enquire at Durham County Record Office

St Helens
Allegedly available at a price, although I have not located it

St Pancras
Available from Camden Local Studies Library

Steyning and Bramber
FREE online

Stockport - Absent Voters 1918-1925
Stockport Heritage Library has Absent Voters lists for the town of Stockport only.

Stourbridge 1919
FREE online.

Wakefield - Absent Voters 1918
FREE online.

Walthamstow, Essex - 1918
FREE online, thanks to the efforts of the Waltham Forest Family History Society, and with a good introduction. 

Wandsworth
Available from London Metropolitan Archives

Woodchurch, Kent - 1918
FREE online

Worcester 1919
FREE online.

Photo courtesy of The National Army Museum.