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ENGLISH & WELSH SOLDIERS WILLS - NOW MUCH CHEAPER


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9 minutes ago, alf mcm said:

The price of soldiers Wills, and other English Wills has now been reduced from £10 to £1.50. Very good news.

 

https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/Wills?Surname=SMITH&SurnameGrants=SMITH&YearOfDeath=1918&YearOfDeathGrants=1918&IsGrantSearch=False&IsCalendarSearch=False#soldiers

 

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Alf McM

About time ! A far more reasonable cost.

 

Craig

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   Hear, hear.


I think, on this occasion, I can't object to the price at all - £1.50 is an affordable cost compared to what it was before. If only other things were as reasonable.

 

Craig

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26 minutes ago, ss002d6252 said:


I think, on this occasion, I can't object to the price at all - £1.50 is an affordable cost compared to what it was before. If only other things were as reasonable.

 

Craig

 

     It still depends, irrespective of price, on the level of service-   £1.50  may still be a bit steep if -as reported-it is a casual worker bashing a sheet or 2 out on an old photocopier.  I hope a recent purchaser at the lower price will report some feedback on this.

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I have ordered the Will of Dr. John Keay O.B.E., who was in charge of Bangour War Hospital. He died in 1943. 'Ordinary' {non-Soldier} Wills are also £1.50. I should have the will via e-mail within 10 working days. I then have 30 days to download it. It will be interesting to what it is like.

 

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Alf McM

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Hi,

 

I thought that all of the (WW1) wills were outsourced for en masse scanning to Iron Mountain plc, who did them in a low resolution B&W format - which was what you got (I believe) when ordering one from the gov.uk website. Perhaps the revised pricing structure reflects the poor quality of the images, and/or the commissioning body trying to generate more sales to recoup their costs as a result of low take up???

 

 It still depends, irrespective of price, on the level of service-   £1.50  may still be a bit steep if -as reported-it is a casual worker bashing a sheet or 2 out on an old photocopier.

 

Unless you are talking about workers rights/pay (which I don't know about), I think that depends on how much you want the info/image - £1.50 is well shy of a 1/2 down my local.

 

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Chris

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10 hours ago, alf mcm said:

ENGLISH SOLDIERS WILLS

 

The price of soldiers Wills, and other English Wills has now been reduced from £10 to £1.50. Very good news.

 

By 'English' do you mean 'English' or does this relate to any soldier who died while serving in the British armed forces between 1850 and 1986?

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The Soldiers Wills exclude Scottish and Irish born soldiers, Welsh soldiers should be included. I have revised the title of this thread to show this.

 

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Alf McM

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16 hours ago, clk said:

Hi,

 

I thought that all of the (WW1) wills were outsourced for en masse scanning to Iron Mountain plc, who did them in a low resolution B&W format - which was what you got (I believe) when ordering one from the gov.uk website. Perhaps the revised pricing structure reflects the poor quality of the images, and/or the commissioning body trying to generate more sales to recoup their costs as a result of low take up???

 

 

Unless you are talking about workers rights/pay (which I don't know about), I think that depends on how much you want the info/image - £1.50 is well shy of a 1/2 down my local.

 

Regards

Chris

 

    Chris- the answer to the  problem above may well come to you if you look at the following:

 

Casualty first names- John Clarence

Rank- Lieutenant

Unit- 13th Durham Light Infantry

Date- October 1917

 

:wub:

 

  On a more sober note, then the reduction in price suggests that the wills were indeed scanned en masse- Thus, I would suspect that the price reduction is to sump the last gasps of a market that will pay a specific cost before the scans go on one of the  major online systems-Ancestry,FMP,etc. My best guess would be that they will appear on Fold 3. Time will tell.

 

    

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Sorry if this seems somewhat naive but if every soldier made a will but didn’t die where did they go? I am trying to clarify if they were officially collected or given to pals to keep. I cannot find any wills for those I am researching whether they were killed or survived. 

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Hi Alison,

 

Not a complete or authoritative answer, but soldiers weren't required to make a will, so some did and others didn't. Another observation is that in a fair few service files I've seen for men that survived, some appear to have made a will as there is a document that said it had been returned, but the file doesn't contain a copy of the will itself.

 

Regards

Chris 

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