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British Soldier’s Wills

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The digital collection British Soldier’s Wills is a project of the UK government in which some 280,000 soldier’s wills between 1850 and 1996 have been digitized. These wills are part of a general database for probate search in the United Kingdom. The Original wills are kept by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS). In the simple search mode you can search for name and year of death. The advance search mode adds the possibilty to search also for first names, the day and month of death, and regimental number. You have to register to view the digitized wills, but you can search without registration. The interface of this database is in English.

British Soldier’s Wills

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Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918)

An enveloppe of a soldier's will - AN, MC/ET/LIX/1094The digital collection Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918) [War wills of Parisian soldiers, 1914-1918] is a project of the École nationale de Chartes in Paris, the famous French institution for the training of archivists. This collection offers a selection of wills created by soldiers from Paris during the First World War. The 134 wills edited here are kept at the Archives nationales de France. All wills stem from soldiers who died between 1914 and 1918 with the mention Mort pour la France. The collection is accompanied by an introduction, essays on numerous aspects concerning these wills, and a bibliography. You can search for the names of deceased soldiers and for the location of their death. The collections can only be viewed in French.

The École nationale des Chartes has digitized the commemorative publication L’École des Chartes et la Guerre (1914-1918): Livre d’Or (Paris 1921).

Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918)

Scottish Soldiers’ Wills

Examplre of a will of a Scottish soldierThe digital collection Scottish Soldiers’ Wills is part of the history portal ScotlandsPeople with access to digitized archival records. The collection contains approximately 31,000 digitized wills, kept at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh. 26,000 wills stem from the First World War, 4,750 wills were written during the Second World War. There are also wills dating from the Boer War and the Korean War. You can search the database after registration; one has to pay for the images of wills. It is possible to search for surnames, forenames, date of death, service number, rank, battalion, regiment, location and cause of death. There is background information about the soldiers’ wills, and also general information about using wills as a historical source.

Scottish Soldiers’ Wills

Irish Soldiers’ Wills

Logo Soldiers' WillsThe digital collection Soldiers’ Wills is a project of the National Archives of Ireland, Dublin. In the collection you will find 9,000 digitized wills mostly dating from the First World War. Some wills stem from the South African War (1899-1902). Around 35,000 Irish soldiers died during service in the First World War. The wills can be searched for name, surname, service number, War Office number and date, and date of death. The wills were most often written on the page for wills of the pocket army service book known as the Small Book.

Soldiers’ Wills