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Audrey Collins 
11 November 2014 
Civil Servants and the First World War 
Government departments on a war footing
Civil Servants and the First World War 
•Government departments had… 
•fewer staff 
•more work 
•and they were not all in ...
Imperial Calendar
Imperial Calendar 
General Register Office staff 1916
Supreme Court Staff Book 1841-1935 
J 86/447
Board of Trade 1917 
BT 13/77/2
STAT 12/12/12 
HM Stationery Office
Government Forms Depot, Salford 
STAT 20/290
HO 45/10731/255893 
Home Office
Middlesex military service appeal 
tribunal 1916-1918 
MH 47/12/2 Horace Cecil Gates
ED 23/647 
ctoria and Albert Museum
Office of Woods, Forests and Land Revenues 
F 10/458 Temporary War Bonuses
Ramsgate Harbour staff 
MT 10/2014/16
Recommendations for British Empire Medal (transport) 
MT 6/2491/3
Discovery – our online catalogue
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The First World War affected every sector of society, as the nation’s resources were harnessed for the war effort. Like other employers, the civil service lost staff to the armed forces and had to replace them while they were away. It also had to deal with a greatly increased workload during wartime. Records in The National Archives describe how civil servants coped with these conditions: an eye-witness account of a Zeppelin raid, sugar ration coupons, and details of a scheme for gathering conkers are just some of the documents used to build a picture of the role of the civil service in wartime.

Audrey Collins is family history specialist at The National Archives and she has been researching the history and development of the General Register Office for several years, which led to an interest in the wider civil service during the First World War. She is a regular speaker at genealogical events and conferences in the UK and worldwide.

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  1. 1. Audrey Collins 11 November 2014 Civil Servants and the First World War Government departments on a war footing
  2. 2. Civil Servants and the First World War •Government departments had… •fewer staff •more work •and they were not all in Whitehall
  3. 3. Imperial Calendar
  4. 4. Imperial Calendar General Register Office staff 1916
  5. 5. Supreme Court Staff Book 1841-1935 J 86/447
  6. 6. Board of Trade 1917 BT 13/77/2
  7. 7. STAT 12/12/12 HM Stationery Office
  8. 8. Government Forms Depot, Salford STAT 20/290
  9. 9. HO 45/10731/255893 Home Office
  10. 10. Middlesex military service appeal tribunal 1916-1918 MH 47/12/2 Horace Cecil Gates
  11. 11. ED 23/647 ctoria and Albert Museum
  12. 12. Office of Woods, Forests and Land Revenues F 10/458 Temporary War Bonuses
  13. 13. Ramsgate Harbour staff MT 10/2014/16
  14. 14. Recommendations for British Empire Medal (transport) MT 6/2491/3
  15. 15. Discovery – our online catalogue
  16. 16. Use ‘Advanced search’
  17. 17. Tag! – you’re it!

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