HC Deb 04 May 1916 vol 82 c134W
Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what special privileges attach to the wills of officers and men dying on active service in war?


According to English law, an officer or a soldier in actual military service within the meaning of the Wills Act, 1837, can dispose of the whole of his personal estate by any written document expressing his wishes without the usual formalities of witnessing, or by a verbal statement made in the presence of witnesses.

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