Leaving it all behind


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Leaving it all behind
Exhibition on Scottish soldiers' and airmen's wills, 1857-1966
‘In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to . . .’

These are the last recorded words of many Scottish servicemen who gave their lives in two world wars.

An exhibition at the National Archives of Scotland reveals the wills of soldiers and airmen for the first time. This rich but almost unknown archive offers a fresh perspective on the sacrifice of more than 30,000 ordinary Scots at war, ranging from the height of the Raj to the end of Empire.
The men are glimpsed through their last wishes, and in moving letters, poems and prayers. Many ‘forgotten voices’ are poignantly evoked in an audio presentation.

Leaving it All Behind: an exhibition of Scottish soldiers’ and airmen’s wills, 1857-1966, can be seen in the foyer of the
National Archives of Scotland,
H M General Register House,
2, Princes Street,
from 10 November 2005 until 29 April 2006,
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm.
Admission is free.


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