Wills of 9,000 Irish lost in WWI placed online

The Cotton Boll Conspiracy

With the 94th anniversary of the end of the Great War just a couple of days away, the wills of 9,000 Irish soldiers who fought and died in World War I have been posted online.

Most are one-line statements, sometimes signed with an “X,” according to the Irish Sunday Times.

A few of the soldiers, all fighting in the British Army, attached letters, urging parents not to worry, or scribbled notes asking girlfriends to wait.

“In the event of my death, I wish to leave all my property and effects to my dear mother,” wrote Patrick Dalton, a driver in the 61st Division Ammunition Column in December 1916. He was killed eight months later.

Dalton’s will is similar in style and substance to the thousands of others recently made available by the National Archives of Ireland, according to the Irish Sunday Times.

“They obviously were given a form…

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