WW1 British Military Pension Records Cards

The Western Front Association is the custodian of a major archive for family historians of British military personnel comprising over 6 million Pension Ledgers and Index Cards. The collection of Pension Records Cards, formerly held by the Ministry of Defence, was taken on by The Western Front Association in November 2011 to ensure that it would be preserved as an important First World War archive.

About the Pension Records Cards

The dependents of every sailor, soldier, airman and nurse who served with the British military and who was killed during the war of 1914-1918 received a pension. Also, all the British military serving personnel who were wounded or incapacitated and unable to continue military service as a result of their wartime service were awarded a pension. A Pension Records Card was allocated to each Service or ex-Serviceman and woman.

The categories of the records cards are, therefore:

Information on the Cards

The cards contain information not only for the serviceman or woman, but also on the widow, children or other dependents. Valuable information for family historians, which is especially helpful if the serviceman's Service Record has not survived, is the following:

Wounded servicemen and women have ledgers of assessment regarding their wounds. Information contained in a ledger can be very helpful in the form of home addresses, level of wounds and recovery, Service numbers and regiments served in.

Searching the UK WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards

Since 2018 the cards have been online to search on fold3.com by ancestry. The collection can be accessed as a paid-for service or as free access to members of the Western Front Association.

Website: https://www.fold3.com/publication/1019/uk-wwi-pension-ledgers-and-index-cards-1914-1923


“The Western Front Association preserves a major Great War archive of 6.5 million records” by David G Henderson, The Western Front Association