Royal Hospital Chelsea: Admission Books, Registers and Papers

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Royal Hospital Chelsea: Admission Books, Registers and Papers

The records in this series consist of registers, admission books, ledgers etc relating to army pensioners and the payment of pensions. Most, but by no means all, relate to pensions payable by the Commissioners of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to either in-pensioners or out-pensioners

Most registers and admission books give name, rank and regiment, rate of pension, date of admission to pension, and residence. Many give, in addition, date and place of birth, a record of service and complaint or reason for discharge.


The records in this series have been arranged in four sections: out-pensioners, in-pensioners, officers and civilian employees.

In each section the records have been listed chronologically, not numerically by piece, although many parts overlap. Parts relating to particular categories such as foreign and colonial forces and ordnance troops are listed after the general parts. The volumes themselves are arranged in a number of different ways: alphabetically by name; by regiment; by rate or type of payment; and, often, by a mixture of all three.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Royal Hospital Chelsea, 1682-
Physical description:
181 volume(s)
Unpublished finding aids:
Those registers which contain an index are noted in the piece description.

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