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Soldiers Bible or Will?


BillyH
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A soldier I am researching was killed in action at the Somme, and his body was not found for 8 weeks.

A newspaper article reported that he was "identified by the name in a Testament"

I am not sure if this means his Bible or his Will.

I would imagine that soldiers Wills were kept safely behind the lines so I presume it must mean a Bible.

What do others think please.

BillyH.

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Almost certainly a copy of the New Testament. Wills were either kept out of danger, or would still be in the soldier's pay book, and if they found that, they would have been able to make a positive identification.

Ron

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Thanks Ron.

BillyH.

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I have a little black book - Black and on front 'official copy' Chap put his Name, number enlistment date and location of training.

It has just about everything in it - services, gospels, hymns, etc. Soldiers prayer on first page. Possibly it would have been one of these he had.

Steve

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Thanks Steve.

BillyH.

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