Napoleon Series Archive 2004

Pension for Wounds

From The Times London Saturday June 27 1812

REGULATION FOR GRANTING PENSIONS TO OFFICERS OF HIS MAJESTY'S LAND FORCES LOSING AN EYE OR LIMB ON SERVICE

If an Officer shall be wounded in action and it shall appear upon an inspection made of him by the Army Medical Board, at any period, not sooner than a year and a day after the time he was wounded, that he has in consequence of his wound lost a limb, or an eye, or has totally lost the use of a limb or that his wound has been equally prejudicial to his habit of body with the loss of a limb -- such Officer shall be entitled to a pension, commencing from the expiration of one year and a day after the time when he was wounded; and depending as to the amount upon the rank he held at that period according to the scale annexed.

This pension being granted as compensation for the injury sustained is to be held together with any other pay and allowance to which such Officer may be otherwise entitled, without any deduction on account thereof.

Officers who shall have lost more than one limb or eye shall be entitled to the pension for each eye or limb lost.

And as the pension is not to commence till the expiration of a year and a day from the date of the wound, it is independent of the allowance of a year's pay or the expences attending the cure of wounds granted under the existing regulations.

All officers who may have sustained such an injury as would entitle them to this pension by any wounds received since the commencement of hostilities in the year 1793, will, upon the production of the proper certificate from the Army Medical Board, be allowed a pension proportioned, according to the scale, to the rank they held at the time when wounded, and commencing from the 25th of December, 1811.

SCALE REFERRED TO IN THE PRECEDING REGULATION

Ranks and Rate of Pension

Field Marshal, General or Lieutenant General, commanding in Chief at the time to be specially considered;
Lieutenant General 400;
Major General or Brigadier General commanding a Brigade each 350; Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, *Adjutant General, *QuarterMaster General, *Deputy Adjutant General if chief of the Department, *Deputy QuarterMaster General, if do, Inspector of Hospitals, each 300;
Major commanding 250;
Major, *Deputy Adjutant General, *Deputy QuarterMaster General, Deputy Inspector of Hospitals each 200;
Captain, *Assistant Adjutant General, *Assistant QuarterMaster General, *Secretary to the Commander of the Forces, *Aides-de-Camp, *Major of Brigade, Surgeon Regimental, Paymaster, *Judge Advocate, Physician, Staff Surgeon, Chaplain each 100;
Lieutenant and Adjutant, each 70;
Cornet, Ensign, Second Lieutenant, Regimental QuarterMaster, Assistant Surgeon, Apothecary, Hospital Mate, Veterinary Surgeon, Purveyor, Deputy Purveyor, each 50.

The Officers marked (*) to have the allowance according to their Army Rank, if they prefer.

Happy New Year!

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