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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, October 3, 2013

World War I Wills Now Available


Hundreds of thousands of wills written by World War I soldiers were never delivered because they included details concerning military movements or troop morale.  Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service has now made these wills available to the public with an online searchable database.

This British government agency has scanned and digitized 278,000 World War I soldier wills, which relatives can now find by searching for the name and date of death of the soldier.  Those who order a record will receive a digital copy.  However, each record ordered costs $10 with no preview of what the record may contain.

See Alphonso Van Marsh, British Soldiers’ World War I Letters and Wills Go Online, CBS News, Oct. 3, 2013.


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