Chelsea Pensioners – Out Pensions

This index, by Grahame Thom, covers 1849-1853 for New South Wales. Men pensioned out of the British Army were known as Chelsea Pensioners because their pensions were administered through the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement and nursing home for former members of the British Army. Those who lived at the hospital were known as in-pensioners and those who lived elsewhere were known as out-pensioners. Most were out-pensioners and were registered in a district where the local pay office was located. Each district kept records of Chelsea pensioners from when they first registered in the district or transferred in until they transferred out or died. These records detail a soldier’s career and can also provide information about next of kin. The original records are held by the Public Record Office London (War Office 22). They are available on film through the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP).

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