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:
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.