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WW1 soldiers' wills go online

The last wishes of thousands of soldiers who died during the First World War and were unseen for a century are being made available online. The wills of 230,000 British Empire soldiers have been placed on a new website for the first time.

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'Interesting' emotions revealed in WW1 soldiers' wills

The firm responsible for archiving the First World War soldiers' wills that are going online said they reveal some "quite interesting" emotions.

Iron Mountain commercial director John Apthorpe said:

With 230,000 individuals who died in the war, the emotions [that come through] are quite interesting when you read some of the notes they left.

A lot have straightforward statements, but some of them do have personal letters and touches, and a bit more detail about what's happening.

The wills, classed as official records, were only previously accessible through direct requests.

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