Category: Chelsea Pensioners

Categories: British Army



The building of the Royal Hospital Chelsea was commenced by Charles II in 1682, inspired by Les Invalides in Paris. The aim was to provide hostel accommodation for lame soldiers in place of the traditional arrangements.

By the time the building was built, it wasn't big enough, given the increasing casualty count of modern warfare. So the Hospital was made responsible for paying pensions to those it couldn't accommodate. They were all known as Chelsea Pensioners, irrespective of whether they lived at the Hospital.

Pensions were extended to non-disabled veterans with 20 years' service. Eventually the number of Out-Pensioners vastly exceeded the number of inmates. At the end of the Napoleonic Wars there were over 36,000 Pensioners.

The arrangement was for non-officer ranks, though officers have become Pensioners on the strength of previous service in the ranks.

The general payment of Army pensions through the Royal Hospital ended in 1955, since when the term "Chelsea Pensioner" has come to be restricted to the In-Pensioners living at the Hospital - currently about 300, including women since 2009.


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Person Profiles (38)

A

1785 Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, England - 1864

B

1876 Southwark, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
bef 05 Mar 1837 Mendham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom - 1911
1879 Morpeth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom - 27 Sep 1936

C

abt 1808 Trinidad - 1857
abt 1787 Fumhason, Suffolk, England - 1863 photo
bef 11 Oct 1829 Aston, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom - May 1897
bef 25 Nov 1827 Aston, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom - 1907

D

1873 Harlestone, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom - abt 1950
abt 1834 County Cork, Ireland - 14 Sep 1904
08 Sep 1803 London, England, United Kingdom - abt 16 Apr 1883

G

abt 1776 Duthil, Inverness-shire, Scotland - bef 08 Apr 1861

H

abt 1820 Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland - aft 1853
13 Jun 1880 Winston, Durham, England - 1961

H cont.

1786 Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England - 1867
bef 21 Jun 1772 St Micheal St Albans, Hertfordshire, England - bef 22 May 1844
abt 1790 Yokefleet, Yorkshire, England - bef 10 Jun 1865
abt 06 Aug 1620 Wiltshire, England - 07 Feb 1732
bef 30 Jan 1803 Wittersham, Kent, England, United Kingdom - 1887

K

1867 Warrington, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom - 1935
1800 Curry Rivel, Somerset, England, United Kingdom - 1873

L

1858 Ardsley, Yorkshire, England - 1905

M

abt 1771 Killesher, County Fermanagh, Ireland - abt 1854
abt 1782 Costrance, County Tyrone, Ireland - abt 1858
abt 1810 Bailieborough, County Cavan, Ireland - 16 Nov 1878

O

abt 1802 Warbleton, Sussex, England - 04 Sep 1866

P

abt 1772 Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

R

1840 Bix, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom - 1889
13 Nov 1813 Graveley, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom - Sep 1864
bef 20 Sep 1829 Braybrooke, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom

S

bef 16 Feb 1777 Penzance, Cornwall, England - 18 Nov 1857
1779 England - 1856
abt 1792 Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England - 1855
bef 19 May 1816 Netherbury, Dorset, England, United Kingdom - Apr 1880
abt 1724 Southminster, Essex, England - 1774

T

bef 06 Sep 1829 Kent, England, United Kingdom - 1867

W

bef 04 Nov 1838 Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex, England, United Kingdom - 03 Dec 1889
bef 13 Jun 1831 East Winch, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom - bef 19 Jan 1886




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