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tom compton

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There are some "soldiers wills" searchable in the National Archive of Scotland.

If you go to www.nas.gov.uk and then go to the catalogue and then search.

I am not sure about the content / coverage (there are @100 4bn Gordons wills there). In truth I should think the odds of finding a particular person's will are, all things being equal, tiny. Sorry.

Chris

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Hi Tom

The National Archives of Scotland have roughly 26,000 wills that are related to Scottish soldiers who died in the Great War. The vast majority are for other ranks but there are a few officers too. There are apparently another 9000 that can be located through the normal court registers, but I haven't pursued any of these as yet.

In my own families case I was very fortunate to discover all 5 of my relatives who died in the conflict. However, in my research project, I'm probably having a success rate of 1 in 3 so far.

It is worth searching the site, although I should warn you that even if the will does exist, you need to put in an order for it to be scanned in order to see it on the computer, and even then, you can only see it on the terminals at the NAS. You can get a print out though.

What was your granddad's name, rank & number and when did he die in the Great War?

Regards

LIT

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thanks pals but my granddad was no a gordon he was a proud englishman .i was wondering if threre was a site in england .tom

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thanks pals but my granddad was no a gordon he was a proud englishman .i was wondering if threre was a site in england .tom

Not sure about anything online but soldiers wills can be found as with anyone elses. Record Offices in the County would have a will if made.

stevem

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thank you steve . so the wills may be in the county he wrote the will in so thats dorset .i will have a look in the morning tom

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Tom,

I think the Will of and English soldier would still have to go to some form of Court of Probate. There is some information on the last paragraph Finding a Will after 1858.

http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/general/probate.shtml

Tom, please bear in mind that a lot of the soldiers came from humble backgrounds and their worldly possessions may be their bairns and their wife. Possibly, due to this, many did not complete the last page of their AB 64 - albeit it may be on the AFW 3297. Please find enclosed my wife's Great Granfather's will (in his pay book) - he did survive the war:

Hope this helps,

Aye

Tom McC

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Hi,

Just following on from Toms reply, my Great Grandfather filled out the appropiate page in his pay book as well. It was the the most efficient way for the army to ensure the next of kin received all the 'worldly goods ' of the common soldier, they just reffered to the pay book. I have the original copy although it is little worse for wear these days. I imagine the majority of soldiers did thier will in this manner, on thier paybooks.

regards Aaron.

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A county record office is unlikely to have wills, but they may have the annual volumes of the Calendar of Probatewhich run from 1857. This lists the wills that have been proved and any letters of administration that have been taken out. Copies of wills and 'admons' as they are known (the latter very short on detail) can be ordered at £5 from the Probate Sub-registry, Castle Chambers, Clifford St, York YO1 9RG if details of name of the deceased, address, date of death & probate etc are provided.

Daggers

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Tom,

Not sure if your relatives papers survived, but quite a lot of the time their papers contain a copy of the soldiers will.

Andy

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