Research Tip of the week, 31st – October 2015.

Each newsletter we offer you a research tip written by one of our expert researcher’s, in the hope that we can somehow help along your genealogy path. This week Fiona Fitzsimons has written a research tip on British Armed Forces Army Records.

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British Armed Forces

Army records

The most complete online collection of historic British Armed Service Records from 1760 to the present is available on www.findmypast.com

Some of the most important collections relevant to Irish family history include:

  • Chelsea Pensioners British Army service records 1760-1913 (WO97)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents 1760-1887 (WO121)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents, foreign regiments 1816-1817 (WO122)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: documents of soldiers awarded deferred pensions 1838-1896 (WO131)

The difference between Chelsea Pensioners and Kilmainham Pensioners, was that Kilmanham Pensioners ‘lived-in’. The Royal Hospital in Chelsea administered pensions for Irish soldiers living in their own homes in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If your Irish ancestor enlisted in the British Army, but returned home to Ireland after completing his term of duty, you are likely to find him in the Chelsea Pensioners records.


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