Treasury Solicitor: Registered Files, War Office (WO Series)

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Treasury Solicitor: Registered Files, War Office (WO Series)

Selected registered files of the Treasury Solicitor in the WO series relating to case work on behalf of the War Office. The files relate to transactions, claims and advice across a broad range of topics including matters arising from wartime requisition of land, buildings and horses for defence purposes, and arbitration in disputed valuations. Post-war claims for damage to property arising from de-requisitioning, and death or personal injury claims resulting from exploding mines and grenades are also included in the series, along with proceedings brought against the War Office in respect of arrest and court martial. Funds held by the British military authorities for Polish servicemen were the subject of several claims by trustees of charities. In addition, certain War Office publications in the Crusader gave rise to claims for libel and infringement of copyright.

Correspondence was kept within the registered file cover, but court papers, transcripts, reports and other documents were generally bundled and tied to the correspondence file.


The files are listed in order of their original file references, which is based on a consecutive numbering system.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   WO file series
Legal status:
Public Record
HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor, 1876-1975
Treasury Solicitor's Department, 1975-
Physical description:
168 files and volumes
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Selection and destruction information:
Files have been selected to illustrate the range of work undertaken for the War Office by the Treasury Solicitor, government policy relating to compensation and damages, and to give insight into the impact of War Office activity.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Treasury Solicitor acted for the War Office in a variety of legal capacities, such as the provision of legal advice, the drafting of contracts and agreements, representation of the War Office in disputes and litigation, and work relating to legislation and statutory instruments.

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