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Soldiers’ Wills now online

This article was posted in Miscellaneous, UK History.

The final wishes of over 230,000 British soldiers are now to be found in their Wills recently published online. Many of them from the First and Second World Wars.

The handwritten Wills were made out by the soldiers and carried in the service pocket books. Some are very brief one or two lines, but others are accompanied by final letters to their wife, families or their sweethearts.

To search for the Will of a soldier who died while serving in the British armed forces between 1850 and 1986 you will need the soldier’s last name and year of death. You can search the database without registering, but to purchase a copy for £6, you need then to register. A copy of the Will will then be made available within 10 working days of your order.

Searches can be accessed at the Probate Sevice: https://www.gov.uk/probate-search#before-you-start

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