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When carrying out research into a soldiers life, you will often find reference to the occupation that they are employed in. On enlistment papers this will be on the first page, under the heading ‘Trade or Calling’

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Looking at census data you will find the same question asked, this time under the heading ‘Personal Occupation’.

It is often difficult to decipher the handwriting, and knowing whether that was an actual occupation or not in those days can lead to confusion.

I use the following list of occupations pre-1950; it is not exhaustive but should give you some indication as to whether the job title as you read it, is likely or not.

List of Occupations pre-1950

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