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*It is possible that the individual left the army for such reasons as to not qualify for a pension. Unfortunately, corresponding records for those who left the Army for reasons other than discharge have largely been destroyed
 
*It is possible that the individual left the army for such reasons as to not qualify for a pension. Unfortunately, corresponding records for those who left the Army for reasons other than discharge have largely been destroyed
  
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Collection years 1760-1887
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index to military records from the Royal Hospital Chelsea for the years 1760-1887. The original records are held by the National Archives (reference number WO 122) and the index was created by FindMyPast.

From 1692 until 1955, all army veteran pensions were administered and paid from the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Payments to retired officers, called half-pay, were not considered pensions, so the records in this collection primarily contain information on regular soldiers.

The records for the years 1760 through 1872 are arranged by regiment, then alphabetically by surname. The regiments included in this collection are the King’s German Legion, the foreign Veteran’s Battalion, and the Royal Foreign Wagon Train.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the images in this collection are not available for general viewing, but may be accessed at a local family history center, at the Family History Library, or online by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following lists indicate potential information given in each type of record. It must be remembered that every record may not provide all of the listed information, as these records can vary over time and even between soldiers.

Pension Records may include:

  • Full name of pensioner
  • Reason for discharge
  • Name of Regiment
  • Age and occupation of pensioner
  • Parish, town and county in which born
  • Date and place where enlisted
  • Details of service rendered, including ranks held
  • Length of service in years and days
  • Physical description, including disabilities as a result of service

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

The index of this collection refers to pension records for the British Army. In certain cases, the pension records may include other documents, such as marriage or birth certificates to prove familial relation, but these are relatively rare.

How do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate date of service

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the index entry record for future reference. See below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the estimated age given in the pensioner record to calculate an approximate year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in other records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are census records, parish registers, and civil registration records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, or occupation, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. See Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records for some common examples of abbreviations
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible
  • It is possible that the individual left the army for such reasons as to not qualify for a pension. Unfortunately, corresponding records for those who left the Army for reasons other than discharge have largely been destroyed

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 121)." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 1 March 2017. Records extracted by findmypast and images digitized by FamilySearch. Citing The National Archives, Kew, England.
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Image Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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