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Thursday 23 February 2017

Examples of soldiers' and airmen's wills: informal will

An example of the most common kind of soldier's will: unwitnessed, written and signed by the soldier when under orders for active service, or during active service. He could write another will when issued with a new pay book, and if he died his most recent will would be retrieved from his pay book whenever possible. Known as a 'Short Form of Will'. Also shown is a typical outer envelope showing the information recorded by the War Office clerks (NAS ref. SC70/8/90/31/2).

image of informal will
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