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Royal Hospital Chelsea: Length of Service Pensions, Admission Books

WO 117
Royal Hospital Chelsea: Length of Service Pensions, Admission Books

These service pensions books relate to pensions awarded to soldiers for length of service.

From 1857 they give the individual's registered Chelsea number, regiment, rank, name, age, years of service, rate of pension, details of foreign service, regimental surgeon's report, character reference, cause of disability, place of birth, trade, height and physical description.

From 1874 the records may also provide information on intended place of residence, date of discharge and number of good conduct badges.

From 1903 the date of enlistment is recorded, and from 1905 the medals awarded to the soldiers are given.

PLEASE NOTE: Records within this series are available to download free of charge as part of the Digital Microfilm project.


The volumes are arranged in chronological order. From 1857 (WO 117/6) the entries are by registered Chelsea number, which can often be found in the records used for pension purposes when soldiers were discharged to pension: WO 97

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Royal Hospital Chelsea, 1682-
Physical description:
77 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Available in digital format and microform only

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