It is an extraordinary snapshot of a nation plunged into war.
Dubbed The Wartime Domesday Book, the record of Britain in 1939 will go for the first time this week.
It records the whole population of Wales and England, from King George VI to ‘general labourers’ and ‘coal hewers’, two common occupations of the day.
The newly-digitised records will enable the general public and those of the most famous faces of the state.
As the Second World War broke out Victoria Beckham’s maternal grandfather, George Cannon, was not so posh, working on the London Docks and residing in Tottenham, north London, while her paternal grandfather was living only a quick hop away in Edmonton earning his keep as a French polisher.