First World War soldier’s wills made available online


The wills of 26,000 Scottish soldiers who died in the First World War are to be made available online as part of centenary commemorations.

The last wishes of fallen Scottish soldiers will be made available online by the National Records of Scotland as the UK gets ready to mark the centenary of conflict’s end which claimed the lives of nearly one million British people.

The 1914-1918 conflict is the greatest loss of life suffered by the British military in any war.

The British government has announced a sum of £50 million to commemorate the war which killed between nine million and fifteen million worldwide.

Welcoming the wills project First Minister Alex Salmond said: “This year we mark the centenary of the start of the Great War, we reflect on the sacrifices made by generations of men and women, including those currently serving.

“Digitally archiving all 26,000 wills online presents a unique glimpse into the lives of the individuals who fought and fell for our freedom.”

He added: “Throughout 2014 people in communities across Scotland will gather together and remember the exceptional sacrifice made by their sons...”

Brigadier David Allfrey MBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and member of the Scottish Commemorations Panel said: “Access to the wills of these young men will help current and future generations learn more about the soldiers, their families and circumstances...”