The War Census was conducted in September 1915, and required all males 18-60 to complete a ‘Personal Card’ and all people 18 years and over who possessed property or other income/assets to complete a ‘Wealth and Income’ card.
The ‘Personal Card’ asked for information about health, occupation, military training and country of birth of the subject and their parents. The ‘Wealth and Income Card’ sought answers to questions about income, motor vehicles, horses, property, savings and investments.
The responsibility for obtaining the forms and for posting the completed forms fell to the individuals. A team of temporary staff was assembled to process the information gathered.