Soldiers effects register

The soldiers effects records are a set of registers which were created to account for the settlement of a man’s estate upon his death. These registers show settlement of a man’s wages but more importantly they show the amount of war gratuity which was paid. It is the war gratuity which can be used to estimate a date of enlistment.

There are two main types of entry in the soldiers effects registers which are of interest to us. These are detailed below:

Type 1 entry
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An entry with this stamp indicates that he war gratuity has been paid net of the service gratuity.

Type 2 entry
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An entry with this stamp indicates that the war gratuity has been paid gross and no deduction has been made in respect of the service gratuity.

Supplementary gratuities
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Some records are marked as ‘supplementary gratuities‘ however this makes no difference to the calculation and should be dealt with as a usual Type 1 or Type 2 record.

The soldiers effects registers are held by the National Army Museum but have recently been digitized by Ancestry (subscription service).

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