These records contain 41,651 images of discharge documents for 19,109 men for the period 1783-1822. The records form part of the WO (War Office) series of records held at The National Archives in Kew. The War Office was the precursor of today's Ministry of Defence. Pension records do not just relate to older men: soldiers were eligible for a pension after 12 years of service so relatively young men could be pensioned out. Note that these records cover men discharged to pension from English, Scottish and Welsh units, as well as Irish regiments, even though the pensions were administered from the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham near Dublin, as opposed to the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.
These records provide rich information about your ancestors. It's common to find several pages of records per soldier - some soldiers have hundreds of pages of records!
The information listed varies, but the records tend to hold a lot of detail and could include all or some of the following:
Timeline and historical context The following are some of the major conflicts that fall within the same period as these records:
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