Absent Voter List

Courtesy of Lancashire County Council. With thanks to Lancashire Archives, Lancashire County Council’s Community Heritage Team and the Harris Library, Preston.

This source is an interesting one and is of particular importance to family historians and those that are researching individual serviceman.By searching by individual street – perhaps one that has been taken from a Census entry or from an article printed in the newspaper – the researcher is able to confirm, or even find out, new information. From my own experience of researching the details of the Preston Pals (see the other page) I found this document of use. Sometimes I used it to confirm details I already knew just to make sure I had the correct person from looking at the census entries. Checking a service number or even that of a regiment was of fundamental importance! Genealogical research is a minefield of unknowns and uncertainties!

However, there are some things that need to be mentioned about why you should be careful using this source: it lists all those soldiers who had survived the war and were absent overseas from voting (hence “Absent Voters”), you also have to remember that soldiers may have moved from the last known address so it may be worth checking all the Districts and most importantly it is very unlikely that a soldier would be on this list if he died before 1919. That is not to say he might not be – remember there are lots of uncertainties! I am no expert but I thought you might find it useful of how I have used this document. I have at present put them by Ward order – alphabetically. Soon I will have a map uploaded to give a geographical look. It is also envisaged photos will be placed near the street names. At the very bottom are the additions that were later made to the Absent Voter List. Before the original list is an index of the names of streets in each of Preston’s voting wards.

Preston’s Absent Voter List

Index

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Ashton Ward- District G

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Ashton Ward – District H

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Avenham Ward – District C

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Avenham Ward – District D

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Avenham Ward – District C

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Christ Church Ward – District E

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Christ Church Ward – District F

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Deepdale Ward – District T

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Deepdale Ward – District U

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Fishwick Ward- District X

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Fishwick Ward- District Y

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Fulwood Central Ward- District FC

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Fulwood West Ward – District FW

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Maudland Ward – District I

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Maudland Ward – District J

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Moorbrook Ward – District M

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Moorbrook Ward – District N

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Park Ward – District O

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Park Ward – District P

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Park Ward – District Q

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Ribbleton Ward – District V

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Ribbleton Ward – District W

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St John’s Ward – District A

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St John’s Ward – District B

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St Peter’s Ward – District K

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St Peter’s Ward – District S

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Trinity Ward – District R

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Trinity Ward – District S

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Additions

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4 thoughts on “Absent Voter List

    • Dear Brenda,

      The Absent Voter List is a good source to look at when you know an exact address, certainly from my own experience. It’s also a work in progress and I shall put the index on later today and check for both streets. Is there anyone in particular you are looking for?

      It is also possible that the street might not be listed!

      Regards

      David

  1. Excellent site! I’m looking for a Edwin James Wells of the Loyal North Lancashire Regt (No 34704) & labour Corps (No 442102) ,I’m assuming he’s from the Preston area, just wondered whether there were any other AVL from the area.
    Many Thanks
    Mak

    • Hello,

      Have you looked through the AVL for Preston? If you know an address of him before the war or that of a relative that’s the best way to start looking through the AVL. If he isn’t on it then I’m not sure. There are no more AVLs of Preston as this is the only one. Not sure about South Ribble area. The boundaries have changed over the years so this one may incorporate South Ribble.

      Sorry I can’t be of much help!

      David

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