Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Friday, August 30, 2013

WWI Soldiers Wills Made Public

AmericanflagRecently, the wills of thousands of WWI soldiers have been published online and can be seen by the general public. Before leaving their families and preparing for battle each soldier drafted a will and put it in his uniform pocket. Now, years later these pieces of history tell the personal stories of thousands. The wills were published by Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) a new online service. The goal for the site is for the nation to have access to these last requests. A spokesman explained “These wills would have been the last words from soldiers to their relatives.”

See Justine Halifax Brummie WWI Soldiers' Lost Voices Being Heard, Birmingham Mail,  Aug. 28, 2013.


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