Catalogue description Ministry of Pensions and successors: War Pensions, Registered Files (GEN Series) and other records

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Reference: PIN 15
Title: Ministry of Pensions and successors: War Pensions, Registered Files (GEN Series) and other records
Description:

This series contains files of correspondence and papers relating to the administration of war pensions and allowance schemes in the United Kingdom and overseas by the Ministry of Pensions and its successors.

The majority of the files relate to the consideration, award and payment of pensions and allowances owing from the South African War, 1899 to 1902, the First World War, and the Second World War, including the various Personal Injuries (Civilians) Schemes.

Other files deal with the establishment, organization and changing functions of the ministry, and its medical and children's services; the formulation of instruments governing the grant of pensions and allowances, and the constitution and working of the Statutory Committee of the Royal Patriotic Fund Corporation, the Special Grants Committee, the local War Pensions Committees and the Pensions Appeal Tribunals.

Date: 1901-1997
Arrangement:

The files in this series are from the registered GEN ('general') series. Some files are referenced with the prefixes listed below, which indicate the subject matter of the file concerned:

  • AW - Awards;
  • E - Establishment Branch;
  • F - Finance;
  • G - General;
  • LA - Local Authorities;
  • MS - Medical Services;
  • NSG - National Service Grants;
  • SG - Special Grants;
  • WEL - Welfare Services;
  • WF - Welfare Foods;
  • WSG - War Service Grants.

Please note that pieces 4500-4999 are Numbers not used.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Department of Health and Social Security, War Pensions and Industrial Injuries Division, 1971-1973

Department of Health and Social Security, War Pensions Department, 1968-1971

Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, War Pensions Branch, 1953-1966

Ministry of Pensions, Awards Division, 1917-1944

Ministry of Pensions, Awards Division, 1951-1952

Ministry of Pensions, Awards Division (Blackpool), 1949-1951

Ministry of Pensions, General Administration Division, 1917-1944

Ministry of Pensions, General Division, 1944-1949

Ministry of Pensions, Great War, Civilian and Mercantile Awards Division, 1944-1949

Ministry of Pensions, New Services Awards Division, 1944-1949

Ministry of Pensions, Pensions Division, Awards, 1952-1953

Ministry of Pensions, Pensions Policy and General Division, 1949-1953

Ministry of Pensions, Rehabilitation and Welfare and London Awards Division, 1949-1951

Ministry of Social Security, War Pensions Department, 1966-1968

Physical description: 5278 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Department of Health and Social Security , from 1970

Accruals: Series is not accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

The British war pensions scheme pays compensation in the form of pensions and allowances to men and women disabled, or to the dependants of those killed as a result of service in the Forces in the 1914-1918 war (and some earlier engagements) or since 2 September 1939. The responsible legislation stems from the War Pensions Act 1921; the Royal warrant (for the Army), the Order in Council (for the Navy) and the Order by Her Majesty (for the Air Force) are the relevant pensions instruments. There is similar legislation for civilians, merchant seamen and civil defence workers injured as a result of enemy action or for the dependants of those killed by such action.

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