WO97 1850's-1870's Page 3
This is the 3rd 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  3rd page contains details of the soldiers medical condition if he has
been discharged due to medical reasons, signed by 2 surgeons. It also has the approval  signatures of
the War Office confirming final discharge. In the case where a man is discharged due to having served
time to pension (21 or 24 years depending on service) this page is normally blank except for the bottom

No.4112 Private John Wiltshire.

General debility: has come on gradually for a long period, result of age, climate and exposure in the
Man’s recent state: Old and worn out, totally unable to perform active duties of the soldier. Disability
permanent. Able to contribute to his own support.
Signed by the Surgeon Major, Aldershot, 13th August 1874.
Confirmed by the Principal Medical Officer and concurred by the Inspecting General Officer,