Metropolitan Police: Records of Police Pensioners

Metropolitan Police: Records of Police Pensioners

Registers of pensions awarded to Metropolitan Police officers who retired or resigned from the force between 1852 and 1993, and who were granted, or who (after 1890) qualified for, a police pension.

The records include personal information about the officer, such as his or her date and place of birth, marital status, parents and next of kin, service details and, from 1923, details of spouse (date of birth and place of their marriage).

The series contain some volumes relating to widows' pensions between 1918-1989.

The first 19 pieces, covering the period from 1852 to 1890, have been indexed and are now searchable by name in the catalogue.


The entries in the volumes are arranged in order of pension number, which generally corresponds to the date of resignation although in some instances this chronological order has not been strictly followed. The pension numbering system was altered periodically and reflects administrative changes within the Pensions Branch.

Related Material:
In order to locate the entry for a particular officer, it will be necessary to know, if only approximately, his or her date of retirement. Where this is not known and cannot be estimated, it may possibly be found in the registers of leavers (from 1889) in
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
210 volume(s)

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