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British Officer Pensions: 1811

Regulation for granting Pensions to Officers of his [British] Majesty's Land Forces, losing an Eye or a 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 when 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 a year and a day after the time when he was wounded, and depending as to its amount upon the rank he held at that period, according to the scale annexed. This pension, being granted as a compensation for the injury sustained, is to be held together with any other pay and allowances 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 so 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 to be independent of the allowance of a yea's pay, or the expences attending the cure of wounds, granted under the existing regulations.

Applications for this pension are to be made in the same manner in which claims for the year's pay are now made to the Secretary at War (Viz., By the agent of the regiment to which the wounded officer belongs.); and must always be accompanied by the certificate of the army medical board, if the officer applying is at home; and by that of the principal medical officer on the station where he is, if the officer is abroad.

In the latter case, however, the officer must, as soon as he returns home, be inspected by the army medical board (The office is at No. 5, Berkeley-street, Berkeley square.), and transmit their certificate to the secretary at war.

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 December, 1811.

This allowance will be granted in general according to regimental rank, but in cases in which, in consequence of their brevet rank, officers shall have been employed at the time when they were wounded, in discharge of duties superior to those attached to their regimental commissions, it will be given by the brevet rank.  Given at the War-office, this 20th day of June, 1812.  By command of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the name and on behalf of His Majesty,    (Signed)   PALMERSTON.

Scale referred to in the preceding Regulation.                                                                                Rates of Pensions.

RANKS.—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..............................      £350

Colonel; Lieutenant-colonel; *Adjutant-general; *Quarter-master-general; *Deputy-adjutant-general, If chief of the department; *Deputy Quarter-master-general, if ditto; Inspector of hospitals .........     £300

Major commanding ..............................................................................................     £250

Major; *Deputy Adjutant-general; *Deputy Quarter-master-general; Deputy Inspector of hospitals .. £200

Captain; *Assistant Adjutant general; *Assistant Quarter-master-general; *Secretary to the commander of the forces; *Aide-de-camp; *Major of Brigade; Surgeon Regimental; Paymaster; *Judge Advocate; Physician; Staff Surgeon; Chaplain........................  £100

Lieutenant; Adjutant..................................................................................................  £70

Cornet; Ensign; Second Lieutenant; Regimental Quarter-master; Assistant Surgeon; Apothecary; Hospital Mate; Veterinary Surgeon; Purveyor; Deputy Purveyor....... £50 

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

Source: The Royal Military Chronicle; or British Officer's Monthly Register and Mentor. August 1812. London.

Data provided by Tom Holmberg.

Placed on the Napoleon Series: March 2007

 

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