WO97 1850's-1870's Page 1
This is the 1st page of a typical soldiers discharge papers for the period from roughly 1850 to the mid
1870's when the army began a Brigade structure. These documents are in the WO 97 series at the
National Archives.
As can be seen from the 1st page, these are discharge and not attestation documents, i.e. they were
filled in at time of discharge. The 1st page contains basic details on the man (name, rank, number and
regiment) and then details of the reason that the man is being discharged. In that period, if the man was
discharged to pension he would sit in front of a Regimental board (the names of the 3 officers who
formed the board are  shown) and then they would state reasons for discharge and factors that may
affect any pension.. period of time served, service overseas, medals earned (the Long Service medal
carried a gratuity in this period), wounds, discipline records etc.

Her Majesty’s 80th Regiment of Foot.
Whereof Lieut. General C. Crutchley is Colonel.

(Date and Place) – Aldershot 29th August 1874
Discharge of No.4112 Private John Wiltshire.

President : Captain Crawford 80th Regt., Members : Captains Beal (38th Regt) & Smith 38th Regt.

Service of 19 years and 46 days of which 9 years and 9 months was overseas, including 1 year and 4
months at the Cape and 8 years and 5 months in E. India.

Discharge proposed in consequence of being found unfit for further service.

Conduct has been very good, and he is in possession of four good conduct badges, the Indian Mutiny
medal and the Indian medal with clasp for ‘Bhootan’.

His name appears three time in the Regimental defaulter book, he has never been tried by Court Martial.

No comments shown under wounds during service.