National Registration Act 1915 - Occupation registration card of the Jew Reuven Cohen according to the "National Registration Act 1915". England, March 13, 1917. The card confirms that Reuven Cohen is registered in the "National Registration" enacted in 1915, his signature, and an ink stamp from March 13, 1917. On front, the British royal coat of arms, ink stamps, and Cohen's signature.
The "National Registration Act 1915" was an Act of Parliament in Britain passed on 15 July 1915. The Act mandated registration by occupation of every citizen in the country between the ages of 15 and 65. Its purpose was to try to resolve the crisis in vital industries created by the mass recruitment for the war. In addition, the registration was intended to streamline the deployment of the workforce, so that the government would know all the professions in which the person engages and allocate people to vital industries. The registration system was used to collect statistical data on the number of working women, which of them were single or married (for women, the occupation was coded from 1 to 30, where 1 is "household duties" and 30 is "other"). Over 48 million people registered under the Act, approximately 95% of Britain's civilian population.
Bernard Mallet, the Registrar General of England, set up a system whereby on registration day, August 15, 1915, everyone had to fill out a form with personal details, field of occupation, and any other work they were skilled in and able and willing to do. The forms were organized by each local authority. After registration, personal cards like this one before us were distributed to each registrant, confirming that he was registered by the government. At the end of the war the government relied on the records to assist those affected by the war. After the war, all records were destroyed, and cards like this were simply discarded, hence their rarity.
Pocket certificate, 4 pages, 11 cm. Good condition.