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1939 the letter D, which I assume means Divorced.
« on: Thursday 16 May 19 16:59 BST (UK) »
On an entry in the 1939 Register, one particular woman has as her Marital Status (Col. 9), the letter D, which I assume means Divorced.

Has anyone come across this on other entries or know if means something else?

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 Lees:Prestwich/Manchester, Wild : Manchester/Salford,
Davies/Williams :Ruabon/Wrexham

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Re: 1939
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 16 May 19 17:18 BST (UK) »
What so secret that you can't reveal a name or location?

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Re: 1939
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 16 May 19 17:22 BST (UK) »
Yes it means divorced.  You will have seen from the column heading that the options are:

S (for single)
M (for married)
W (for widowed)
D (for divorced)
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)

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Re: 1939
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 16 May 19 19:44 BST (UK) »
No secret. Didn't think all that would have been relevant in this case.

Yes, I noticed the heading, that's why I assumed it meant divorced, just haven't come across it on any other images, which is why I was just curious if anyone else had come across one.

Very interesting though as her husband is living with his Father, shown as married. They married 1st quarter 1938, so I can't see them being divorced so soon. In fact, I couldn't imagine they would have been able to afford a Divorce.

Speaking of which, would anybody have a rough idea how much one would have cost in those days?

Jones:Middleton, Howarth:Manchester, Dean:Ardwick/Manchester, Harvey:Nth Manchester & Elland/West Yorks,  Tattersall:Manchester/Salford/Burnley,   
 Lees:Prestwich/Manchester, Wild : Manchester/Salford,
Davies/Williams :Ruabon/Wrexham

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Re: 1939
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 16 May 19 20:54 BST (UK) »
I've looked up a relative who divorced after the census. She has D written in about the M for married. Also DUK and M in the left hand column by her name (plus her new married name entered about her then married surname). The date may be when the record was updated, as it's a few months after her remarriage

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Re: 1939 the letter D, which I assume means Divorced.
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 16 May 19 23:41 BST (UK) »
And that's another mystery. She remarried, but the new married name isn't shown.

Nothing surprises me with this family!
Jones:Middleton, Howarth:Manchester, Dean:Ardwick/Manchester, Harvey:Nth Manchester & Elland/West Yorks,  Tattersall:Manchester/Salford/Burnley,   
 Lees:Prestwich/Manchester, Wild : Manchester/Salford,
Davies/Williams :Ruabon/Wrexham

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Re: 1939
« Reply #6 on: Friday 17 May 19 02:40 BST (UK) »
I've looked up a relative who divorced after the census. She has D written in about the M for married. Also DUK and M in the left hand column by her name (plus her new married name entered about her then married surname). The date may be when the record was updated, as it's a few months after her remarriage

'DUK' probably refers to Hungerford district, Berkshire.

https://www.findmypast.com.au/articles/1939-register-enumeration-districts

Debra  :)

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Re: 1939 the letter D, which I assume means Divorced.
« Reply #7 on: Friday 17 May 19 19:56 BST (UK) »
I've looked up a relative who divorced after the census. She has D written in about the M for married. Also DUK and M in the left hand column by her name (plus her new married name entered about her then married surname). The date may be when the record was updated, as it's a few months after her remarriage

'DUK' probably refers to Hungerford district, Berkshire.

https://www.findmypast.com.au/articles/1939-register-enumeration-districts

Debra  :)

Interesting - the remarriage was in London but they subsequently lived in Hungerford (not sure when exactly they moved there), Not sure why Hungerford would have picked her up to update the record some months later, rather than the place of marriage, unless it's something to do with her claiming child benefit or paying national insurance in the district?

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Re: 1939 the letter D, which I assume means Divorced.
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 18 May 19 13:56 BST (UK) »
And that's another mystery. She remarried, but the new married name isn't shown.

My mum's married name was not visible when her record was incorrectly revealed a couple of years ago. She married a year before Identity Cards were scrapped, so I assume it appears somewhere on the right hand page.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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