‘Make a will before going to war’ - October 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district
World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

A generous offer but also a rather chilling one.

“Sir, would you kindly allow me a few lines to suggest to men who expect to go abroad that it would be a prudent course to make a will before leaving this country.

“I submit that it would be most unwise to neglect this in reliance of the special provision applying to the testamentary expressions of those on active service.

“I shall be most happy to draw a formal document, without fee, for any soldier upon his calling any evening after 7 (except Mondays and Thursday) or upon his sending me written instructions. F. Orton Smith, 33 London Road, Horsham”