What a brilliant link.
Between the two us my husband and I have 3 great uncles who died in France in the Great
Two of them (one on each side of the family) are listed on the site as having written
wills and we should have the transcripts within 10 days.
Can't thank you enough for passing this info on.
Michele in Perth, Western Australia
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:33:58 +0000
From: Dave H <hallmarkone(a)gmail.com>
Subject: FERMANAGH-GOLD Will of soldiers who died while serving in the
British armed forces between 1850 and 1986.
To: "fermanagh-gold(a)rootsweb.com" <fermanagh-gold(a)rootsweb.com>,
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The last wills and testaments of 278,000 British soldiers who died on
the battlefields at Ypres in Belgium have been digitised for the first time.
It means that members of the public can search for a document by name,
rather than having to trace the original to one of several archives
across the country.
British servicemen who died in the First World War tended to carry
informal wills with them on the battlefield in slim pocket books. In
some cases, these documents are the only physical traces of a soldier
that were found.
The project has brought to together thousands of the mud-stained,
battle-scarred wills from government archives around the country. They
are now being housed in a state-of-the-art facility in Birmingham