WO97 1883-1913 Page 2
This is the 2nd page of a typical soldiers discharge papers for the period from roughly 1883 to the First
World War. These documents are in the WO 97 series at the National Archives.
As can be seen from the 1st page, these are attestation documents that were added to until the man's
discharge and not discharge documents as they had been previously. The 2nd page contains basic
physical description information on the man as found at his medical, along with certifications from the
surgeon that he was fit to serve, and approvals from the Magistrate and a senior officer that he had been
sworn in to serve.
Description of Robert Wilson at enlistment:-
18 years, 9 months old.
5ft 8 in tall, 126 lbs in weight, 34.5 inch chest measurement, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown
hair, Presbyterian by religion.
He had distinctive marks: 1 scar on right buttock, 2 on left buttock, one scar on left cheek.
Surgeons at Leith Fort find him fit to serve and sign to this effect and the approval is given on the 15th of
July 1886 by the commander of the Scottish Division RA Depot.