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WO97 1883-1913 Page 4
This is the 4th 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 4th page contains a statement
of service at home and abroad of the man in question. It also contains details of his next of kin, wounds,
medals, education certificates held, marriage & children details and in some cases the intended residence.




























































Robert Wilson, No.1918 of the Seaforth Highlanders and No.63777 of the Royal Artillery.
Service:-
Home: 14th July 1886 to 30th November 1890
India: 1st December 1890 to 23rd March 1898
Home: 24th March 1898 to 17th January 1900.
South Africa: 18th January 1900 to 27th March 1901.
Home: 28th March 1901 to 30th November 1901.
Total of 15 years, 140 days.
Note: Plainly he did not leave England on one day and arrive in India on the next, so the date stated is
the date his unit was ORDERED to proceed to that country. In this case he would have left England in
early December 1890 and arrived in India around 4 to 6 weeks later.
Next of Kin : Father William of Armadale, Linlithgow. Mother Ellen, Brother William (younger).
Campaigns : Hazara 1891, Isazai 1892, South Africa 1899
Medals : India Medal with ‘Hazara 1891’ clasp. South Africa medal with clasps ‘Driefontein,
Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, Cape Colony’ on roll of 85th Battery.
3rd class certificate of education earned, 24th July 1887.
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