Each record includes a transcript of the original record. The detail in each transcript can vary, but most will include the following:
Date of will
A soldiers’ will could be found in pay books retrieved on the battlefield, or recorded on forms in Army record offices in Britain. They are generally very brief and do not mention individual possessions.
The most common kind of soldier’s will is an informal will, this would be recorded in the soldier’s pay book or his Small Book. These will are generally unwitnessed, written and signed by the soldier when under orders for active service, or during active service. A soldier could update his will when issued with a new pay book. If the soldier died, their most recent will would be retrieved whenever possible. This type of will is known as a 'Short Form of Will'.
Formal wills are witnessed, written and signed by the soldier, these would be filled in on designed Army Forms. These were filled in before the soldier was under orders for active service.
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