Scottish Soldiers Wills are scheduled to come online in 2014 as part of the commemoration of World War 1. The wills consist of special forms removed from soldiers' pay books, other army forms, or other documents. They are generally very brief and do not mention individual possessions. They contain limited personal or service history information.
About 31,000 wills survive, of which approximately 26,000 date from the First
World War (WW I) and 4,700 from the Second World War (WW II). The rest belong to
the period between 1857 and 1966. The wills were written by men up to the rank
of warrant officer. About 100 wills exist of officers who were commissioned from
the rank during WW I, and a few from WWII. There are wills of some Royal Flying
Corps (RFC) and Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel from WW I, and of six women
serving with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during World War II.
The soldiers' wills belong to a special series among the records of
the Edinburgh Commissary Office, which received them from the War Office because
the men were domiciled in Scotland. Most were not recorded in the commissary
registers of the Commissary Office and the sheriff courts.