Findmypast adds British army widows records

By Rosemary Collins, 23 April 2018 - 3:06pm

The new collection includes over 13,000 records of army officers' widows' pension claims, dating from 1755 to 1908


The new collection consists of transcripts and images of records from The National Archives

The stories of British army officers' families are now easier to uncover in a new collection of widows' applications for pensions from Findmypast.

The subscription family history website has indexed and digitised over 13,000 records from The National Archives digital microfilm series WO 42: War Office: Officers' Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers.

The collection, 'British Army Officers' Widows' Pension Forms 1755 - 1908', consists of bundles of original documents submitted in support of pension claims made by the widows of British Army officers, including application forms, BMD certificates and parish baptism, marriage and burial records.

This means that searching for a single military officer could be enough to unlock vital records for his wife and children as well.

Paul Nixon, head of UK Data Licensing at Findmypast, called the collection "small but important".

It spans 150 years of British military history, including the Seven Years War, the War of American Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, the War of 1812, the Crimean War, the Anglo-Zulu War and the Boer War.

Findmypast added over 8,000 widows' pension records from the First World War last year.

The new collection covers the wives of officers who died in service or on half pay as well as compassionate allowances awarded to the children of both deceased and disabled officers.

 

 

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