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Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby coopernicola » Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:09 pm

I've just been glancing through this new dataset on Ancestry as I have a number of soldiers in my tree who died during WWI. I have noticed there are differing amounts added as "War Gratuity", sometimes £5 others £20. Does anyone know why this is?
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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby ksouthall » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:24 pm

Could this be due to length of service and/or army rank?
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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby irishstreetlad » Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:35 pm

Is it not the amount of wages owed from last pay date to their death?

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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby AdrianB38 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:10 pm

Or whether they were regulars, territorials or New Army. Sounds like a question for a more specialist forum. ...

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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby phsvm » Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:29 pm

As Adrian has suggest, a more specialist forum may be a better place to ask the question.

Try the Great War Forum

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php
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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby coopernicola » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:18 pm

Thanks I'll try 1914-1918 website. It's not wages owing, unfortunately, the odd amount is added to this.
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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby bernardhowell » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:30 pm

Just a thought but in the Royal Navy it is the custom to sell off the kit/effects of deceased crew members and the resulting cash given to next of kin etc.as a form of tribute to colleagues and friends. Could your differing amounts of gratuity be as a result of some similar sort of arrangement? Obviously in times of combat this wouldn't apply but ??? someone may know.
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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby ss002d6252 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:28 pm

Bit late, but...

The War Gratuity was primarily based on two key points - the length of war time service and the rank the man served at. For men who qualified the minimum payout was £5.

As had been posted earlier the Great War forum is excellent, I have a long thread going there in respect of my work on the War Gratuity however I have now created a website on the gratuity along with a calculator which will estimate the length of service (it's in active development).

If you search for "WW1 war gratuity wordpress" in google the site will come up.

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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby coopernicola » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:47 am

Thanks Craig I'll check it out.
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Re: Army Registers of Soldiers Effects

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:08 pm

ss002d6252 wrote:... If you search for "WW1 war gratuity wordpress" in google the site will come up.

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Craig - that is an excellent piece of work, thank you. Just as a cross-check on one of my relatives, the spread-sheet's estimated enlistment is compatible with my estimate based on his service number. (It's not the same, as he seems to have had pre-war service in the Territorials - the spread-sheet says "August 1914" - the start of the war).
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