Phase 1 of the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC), the Military Archives’ latest online collection, is being officially launched online through www.militaryarchives.ie from Thursday 16 January 2014 at 1930 hrs in the G.P.O.
The MSPC contains material relating to the payment of service pensions to surviving veterans, and allowances and gratuities to wounded/disabled members and the dependents of veterans of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, the Hibernian Rifles, Na Fianna Éireann, Cumann na mBan, Óglaigh na hÉireann/Irish Republican Army and the National Army who had been wounded or were casualties while on active service variously during the period from April and May 1916 to 30 September 1923.
The collection also contains material relating to the payment of pensions and allowances to certain members of the Connaught Rangers under the Connaught Rangers (Pensions) Act, 1936.
Phase 1 will see the online only release of files relating to 3,200 individual pension applicants, including 2,400 recipients of pensions in respect of the 1916 Easter Rising. It will also include a large number of supporting files such as Membership rolls of the 16 Divisions of the IRA, Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna Éireann as on 11 July 1921 and 1 July 1922 and the Brigade Activities files relating to 1916 events in counties Wexford, Louth and Galway.
A range of other administration and Departmental files are also released to give context to the collection.
The work of the Military Service Pensions Project is ongoing and the collection will be released through the Military Archives in regular phases.
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