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Pension records

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Colin Report 9 Feb 2024 20:22

My grandmother was war widow in WW1. Left with 4 children to support. Are there any records about how long she may have been in receipt of a war widows pension?
Also she did remarry so what would happen in that case ?
Thank you.


greyghost Report 9 Feb 2024 22:40

Googling will bring some answers and explanations eg.

Women who lost their husbands in the First World War were granted the first State-funded, non-contributory pension (meaning that they did not have to pay a contribution towards it). They also received a dependents’ allowance for any children under 16. Charities such as The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association and The British Legion provided some families with additional support.

The widow of a soldier, sailor or airman who had been killed in the war, or who died in consequence of his service within 7 years of being wounded or removed from duty was entitled (subject to Article 11 Royal Warrant) to a pension of 20 shillings a week, or if she had children or was over 40, 26s 8d a week.

If you can give grandparents and their children's names and years of birth there may be Pension records available online


ArgyllGran Report 9 Feb 2024 22:55

When she remarried the pension would have stopped.

"the original policy was to withdraw survivors’ benefits in the event of remarriage or cohabitation.."


Colin Report 10 Feb 2024 21:09

greyghost and ArgyllGran Thank you for replying to my question