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NATIONAL IDENTITY CARDS IN WORLD WAR TWO A teaching resource Teachers, purchase the UNIQUE custom ID cards for this lesson here, complete with the name of your schoolhere
Today we are going to learn.. What the National Registration Act was in WW2 Why it was important for people to carry Identity cards What information they contained How to fill in your own copy of a real WW2 Identity Card
On 3 rd September 1939 the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, announced that Britain was at war with Germany. Click the picture below to hear his announcement on the BBC website: THE START OF WORLD WAR TWO
WHAT WORRIED THE GOVERNMENT The government knew that this would have a big effect on the lives of all the men, women and children in the country in many different ways: Many men would have to go to war Many children would need evacuating away from the cities Women would have to replace the jobs normally done by the men Houses would be bombed so people might have to move around a lot
The National Registration Act 1939 To help to keep track of everybody during all this disruption, the Government passed a law called The National Registration Act which meant that everyone would have to carry an identity card containing their information. It was passed only 2 days after the start of the war. What date would this have been? 1. 7 th September 1939? 2. 5 th September 1939? th September 1939?
The National Registration Act 1939 And the answer is … 5 th September 1939 (Although the actual cards didnt have to be used until 29 th September)
TYPES OF CARDS ADULT IDENTITY CARDS: Had to be carried at all times Had to be shown to a police officer or member of the armed forces when asked Could only be filled in by a government employee
TYPES OF CARDS CHILD IDENTITY CARDS: Had to be carried by children between Had to be kept safe by childrens parents if they were under 10 years old Had the words UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS on the front Had to be swapped for an adult card on their 16th birthday
Only children under ten were not obliged to carry their National Identity Card, but most of us did because it made us feel so very grown up "I still have the final re-issue of my National Identity Card, which was issued 21st April 1951! WHAT WW2 CHILDREN SAID ABOUT THEIR ID CARDS.. a man called at our door and gave us the brown cards with our numbers "
What information do you think was on an Identity Card and why? Discuss it with your partner then feedback your answers as a class
Now look at your own card carefully. You can see that it has spaces for these entries: NUMBER: this was an official number given to you by the Government. These were even used long after the war in order to identify people. NAME: No ID card would be complete without this! VALID UNTIL.. DATE: This would have been the persons 16 th birthday. What date would yours say? ADDRESS and CHANGES OF ADDRESS: This shows how the Government were preparing for people having to move around a lot during the war THE STAMPS: Notice anything interesting? Weve added your school name for a bit of fun but this would have originally said National Registration WERE YOU RIGHT? CHECK YOUR OWN CARD Are you ready to fill in yours? Grab yourself a pen..
NUMBER: Teacher, decide on an abbreviation for your school (e.g. STJOS for St Josephs) then add 1 digit for each different pupil e.g. STJOS: 01 NAME: Hope you get this right! VALID UNTIL.. DATE: Your 16 th birthday ADDRESS and CHANGES OF ADDRESS: Ask your teacher what to put here. You might be asked to invent some addresses to show that you have moved in the war FILLING IN YOUR CARD: TIPS FOR PUPILS AND TEACHERS
SUGGESTED TASKS: Ask your teacher which one you should do 1. DRAMA Write a 2 minute play with some of your friends, showing a time and place where the ID card would be used. You could be a 1940s policeman checking peoples cards, or soldiers at a road block looking for enemy spies. 2. TIMELINE RESEARCH Look at the two dates on your card stamps. The first one, 29 th Sept 1939, is the first day of the ID scheme, and the second is the first day of the Battle of Britain. Find another 10 important WW2 dates on the internet and report them back to class.
THE QUICK ID CARD QUIZ! ( FILL IN THE BLANK) The law was called the National R__________ Act Registration (FILL IN THE BLANK) Adults were made to c_______ their cards at all times carry FALSE: They didnt have any information about the persons appearance FALSE: parents looked after the card if you were under 10 (TRUE OR FALSE?) Children under 10 had to carry their Identity Card at all times (TRUE OR FALSE?) Each card contained the persons name and their hair colour
Learning check Do you now know.. What the National Registration Act was in WW2? Why it was important for people to carry ID cards What information they contained How to fill in your own copy of an ID card
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