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Will of Walter John Dyke
In re Walter John Dyke deceased
In the name of God. Amen. I Walter John Dyke Leading Seaman, R.N.R. of his Majesty's Ship "Cormorant" leut 1218 from H.M.S. President III being of sound mind, do hereby make this my last will and Testament: I give and bequeath unto my sister Adelaide Olford widow at present living at Salvage Bishops harbor Bonavista Bay Newfoundland all such wages, Prize Money, allowances, and other Sum or Sums of Money, as now are, or hereafter may be due to me for my service on board the said Ship, or any other Ship or Vessel, of the Royal Navy, together with all other my Estate and Effects. And I do hereby appoint the aforesaid Adelaide Oldford Executrix of this my last will and Testament; and hereby revoking all former wills by me made, I declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have at Gibraltar on board H.M.S. Cormorant hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Nine Hundred and sixteen. Walter John Dyke. Signed by the said Testator, as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time, who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses. Witnesses, Jno C. Ratcliff Fleet Paymaster Basil Sanier Chief lisiter(?)
Correct Charles H. Emerson
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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