Discover your ancestors from Plymouth, England who served both at home and abroad during the Second World War.

What can these records tell me?

Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original lists used by local officials to record home-front personnel and the location of names on remembrance panels.

The amount of information listed varies, but the Plymouth Second World War records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:

Service Lists: civil defence
  • Name
  • Address
  • Service in which they served e.g. Auxillary Fire Service
  • Wage paid for service


Honour Rolls
  • Name
  • Rank
  • Ship on which they served
  • Age at death
  • Date of death
  • Location on remembrance panel

Learn more about the Plymouth Second World War records

These records include rolls of honour, civil defence personnel lists, air raid precaution administration workers and lists pertaining to the surrender of Anderson shelters.

The original Plymouth Second World War records 1939-1945 are held at Plymouth City Council's Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. They are the principal archive repository within Plymouth and the West Devon area. It exists to collect and preserve the historical records (archives) of the area and to promote and encourage their use by all who want to study them.