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A look at the pensions of WW1.

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In December 1918 the Class Z system was introduced by the army.  This system, which released huge numbers of men very quickly, created a reserve of soldiers who would be recalled quickly to the army if the armistice was to break down.

 

Many of the men who were discharged to the Class Z reserve had claims to pensions for disability - presumably an assessment was made that this disability would not prevent the man being useful to the army again in future.

 

The Class Z system lead to a new pension numbering format being used for these cases.

Class Z

The reference under the Class Z system was in the format of Z / Corps or Regiment / Sequential Number of claim from Corps or Regiment / Surname Split.

 

For example,

Z/DLI/1234

Z/MGC/1234/AtoK

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From March/April 1918 the earlier numbering format used by Chelsea was replaced and a new system was introduced for those men who were being discharged from the army.

Pension references in this situation were based on the regiment or corps that the man was being discharged from.

 

(This a is work in progress)

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Chelsea pension numbering pre 1918

Although the Ministry of Pensions (MoP) took over the functions of issuing pensions the work of Chelsea continued under the auspices of the MoP in respect of payment of pensions to disabled soldiers and those awarded a pension alongside a medal entitlement. Research in to the numbering ranges used by Chelsea demonstrate how these numbering sequences were used (and demonstrates how many cases were being processed).

 

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The 'D' range

The issuing of Chelsea Pensions in 'D' range began prior to WW1 and continued up until June 1916

 

The 'E' range

The issuing of Chelsea Pensions in 'E' range began in June 1916 and was used through to February 1917.

 

The 'F' range

The issuing of Chelsea Pensions in 'F' range appears to, allowing for odd outliers, start in mid 1917. The range appears to have been used in respect of the Service Pensions, LSGC, DCM and VC pension and gratuity payments.

 

The 'H' range

The issuing of Chelsea Pensions in 'F' range began in February 1917 and was used through to March/April 1918.

 

 

 

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