This book belonged to Private George Marlow of the 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.
As part of their official documents, all soldiers serving in the Great War were issued with a Pay Book.
This was a valuable document which was proof of identification both as a battlefield casualty and when receiving pay.
The pay book was to be carried at all times in the top right tunic pocket & to be produced on request for examination by an Officer or a Regimental Policeman.
The book was to be filled out by the soldier giving the following information:
Date of enlistments
Skill at arms
Record of pay
Next of kin