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just a short question, if a soldier recieved an award ( i:e MM,MC,VC) could they instantly get access to their Pension after they returned home at the end of the war.

and was it enhanced by higher achieving medals

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There were,as Frank Richards and others wrote, 'no grants or allowances with the Military Medal'; George Coppard groused that recipients got £10 in WW2 but he got nothing for his.

The DCM attracted an award of £20 payable on discharge if there was no pension entitlement or sixpence a day on his pension entitlement when granted. Richards claimed it was £20 and sixpence a day, no doubt an expert will be along soon to clarify!

The original annuity for the VC was £10 raised to £50 in 1898 and later to £100; the current annuity is £2129 (will have just increased in line with other pensions!). The current regulations are that the annuity is paid annually,in arrears, on the anniversary of the act for which the recipient is honoured. I don't know if this was the same for WW1, in other words whether or not a soldier could instantly get access to the annuity on discharge. Only the VC (and later the GC) have an entitlement to an annuity.

As an officer was expected to have independent means I don't think their awards e.g. MC, DSO etc had any financial enhancement. The award of the DCM and it's associated gratuity was only available for non-commissioned ranks. There was also a small annuity for the MSM, again only available to ORs

Ken

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Don't forget - there were two kinds of MSM; the annuity bearing one for especially long and distinguished service, and the "Immediate" one of the First World War period, used for gallantry not in the face of the enemy and some elements of distinguished service - which did not.

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In WW1 was the annuity payable to dependents if the VC holder was later kia or was it only paid to the VC holder during his lifetime?

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The annuity expires on the death of the recipient. There is a modern JSP (Joint Service Publication) on the subject - which is going to need revising after last week's budget when it was doubled.

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Thank you.

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Just to back up Ken's bit on the DCM see the attached.

Andy

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