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New website revealing last wills, letters of British soldiers
LONDON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new website is revealing the last wishes of thousands of British soldiers killed in the first World War.
Hundreds of thousands of wills had been stored in a government warehouse until now.
Before British troops went to the front lines, many wrote final words to loved ones, and tucked them into their pockets.
But many of those letters were never delivered because they revealed sensitive military plans from the battlefield.
Now, about 230,000 of those letters have been scanned and published on a new British government website.
"The actual moment, when you are shown a document...which you know your dead relative handled, then you've got to be pretty disembodied not to be moved by such a thing," said Peter Simkins, whose great-uncle was killed in the war.
Since its launch, organizers say the website has had more than 3 million hits from dozens of countries.
Anyone can order a digital copy of a will for about $10.
The website can be found here.