• Military Service (1916 -1923) Pensions Collection

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  • View Map of Action Sites

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  • What is in the collection?

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  • Organisations

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  • Active Service

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  • Legislation

    The acts and laws behind this collection

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  • The Project

    The inception, mission and methodology

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  • Maps

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Explore the many testimonies and accounts of the surviving leaders, the veterans and volunteers who took part in the historic events of the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and Civil War, along with a plethora of supporting documentation gathered from the participants through the unique collection that is the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection. For the first time, the collection is being made available on a phased basis leading to 2016.


Guide to Collection

View the published Guide to the Military Service Pension Collection to find out how the collection is organised and about the information it contains.


Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection – Notice of Temporary Closure

A phased online release of the material in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection has recently commenced.  In order to allow for the processing, collating, scanning and archiving of the material, it will be...[Read more]

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About the Collection

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The collection comprises of a large and varied corpus of archival material and records. The two broad streams of legislation are used to illustrate the nature and content of the personal files of applicants and the relevance of the supporting administrative records and other material in the collection.

Spotlight - Active Service

What is active service?

The term "active service" is central to the granting of awards to all categories of applications under the Army Pensions Acts 1923-1953, the Military Service Pensions Acts, 1924, 1934 and the Military Service Pensions (Amendment) Act 1949. As the work of the project archivists progressed it became apparent that a deep dissatisfaction existed on the part of the veterans refused awards under the legislation.

Content & Legislation

The Content & Legislation

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Verifying Applications

Verifying Applications Process

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