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Irish Soldiers Wills in WW1

  • 24-07-2021 10:47am
    Registered Users Posts: 591 ✭✭✭ Garlinge

    Wills for Irish soldiers in the British Army from WW1 can be found in the national archives:

    I have just discovered this set of records. Scans of actual documents available. I never could find any for English relative who died WW1 and none of the Irish relatives who joined up died.

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,364 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pinkypinky

    It is only for the men who died & I am not sure if it's comprehensive.

    A cousin of my great-grandfather died in Gallipoli and his will is not there. However, he was a soldier before WW1 so I don't know if that makes a difference.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 591 ✭✭✭ Garlinge

    I suppose it was an optional thing for them to do.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,364 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pinkypinky

    It wasn't optional. All soldiers had a pocket book and they were supposed to fill out the will page (which is where these images come from). However, it's probably the case that if a body wasn't recovered, they didn't have the book either.

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