Military Pension Applications

This guide was last updated in 2014

Pension and Medal Applications were made by anyone who served with the Irish Volunteers between 1916 and 1921 who were entitled to a pension or medal.

The applicant had to account for their activities for the entire period and they often included letters of reference from fellow volunteers. These files can be extensive and filled with significant details. One of the applications for Brendan O’Carroll’s ancestor ran to hundreds of pages and included an account of Brendan’s aunt smuggling guns and ammunition around Dublin city in a milk pail!

The appearance of your ancestor in these collections will help you to understand what actions they took and what they faced during one of the most turbulent periods in Irish history. The Military History Witness Statements and a portion of the Pension Applications have been digitised and are freely available for research on the website of the Irish Military Archives.

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