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Pension Funds

These pages provide guidance to family historians on how to use sources from the India Office Records such as occupational descriptions or types of documents (wills, pensions or ecclesiastical records for example).

Poplar Pension Fund

Applied to officers and seamen of the East India Company mercantile marine and their families. The main series are the Application Papers 1809-1838: L/MAR/ C/789-840. Indexes: L/MAR/C/785-786. Complete service records given, also details of marriages and of baptisms of children.

Lord Clive Military Fund

Lord Clive

Clive donating the legacy of Mir Jafar to disabled soldiers and widows of the deceased EIC army soldiers. F91. © The British Library Board.

Provided benefits for European officers and other ranks of the East India Company and Indian Army and their widows but not their children. Founded c1770, last pensioner admitted c1885. Fund registers in series L/AG/23/2, payment books mainly in series L/AG/21/10. These were 'ex gratia' pensions, awarded on a charitable basis and not as of right; there were no subscriptions to the Fund. The records relate mainly to payments made in the UK. There is a modern index showing widows admitted to pension in the UK between 1769 and 1885.

Bengal Military Fund

A widows' list

A widows' list from Bengal Military Fund. IOR: L/AG/23/6/1. © The British Library Board.

Provided benefits for the widows of officers, surgeons and chaplains of the Bengal Army: L/AG/23/6 series. Index: L/AG/23/6/12. Closed to new subscribers 1862. Subscriber's name, date of birth and marriages, promotions, date of retirement and death, date of wife's/wives' birth and death.

Bengal Military Orphan Society

Provided benefits for the children (both legitimate and illegitimate) of officers, chaplains and surgeons of the Bengal Army: L/AG/23/7 series. Index: L/AG/23/6/12. Closed to new subscribers 1861. Names of deceased subscribers' children, their dates of birth and amounts paid to them.

Madras Military Pension Fund

Provided benefits for the widows and children of officers, chaplains and (until 1823) surgeons of the Madras Army. Closed to new subscribers 1862. A volume of information edited from L/AG/23/10 is shelved in the Reading Room. Name of subscriber, dates of birth/baptism, marriages, retirement and death; name of wife/wives and dates of birth, remarriage and death; names of children, their dates of birth, dates of daughters' marriage, sometimes with husband's name.

Madras Medical Fund

Provided benefits for the widows and children of surgeons and veterinary surgeons of the Madras Army: L/AG/23/9. Closed to new subscribers 1862. Similar information to other Funds.

Bengal, Madras and Bombay Civil Funds

Provided benefits for the widows and children of members of the East India Company/Indian Civil Service: L/AG/23/5, L/AG/23/8, and L/AG/23/11. Closed to new subscribers c1882-1885. Similar information to other Funds.

Indian Military Service Family Pension Fund

Established 1873. Closed to new subscribers 1914. Provided benefits for the widows and children of officers, surgeons and chaplains of the Indian Army. For family details of those who joined between 1873 and 1893, see L/AG/23/16/4-9 (Index: L/AG/23/16/10), and for those who joined between 1893 and 1914, see L/AG/23/16/31-41 (Indexes: L/AG/23/16/42-43). Similar information to other Funds.

Indian Military Widows' and Orphans' Fund

Established 1915 in succession to the Indian Military Service Pension Fund. For family details of those who joined between 1915 and 1943, see L/AG/23/17/19-35 (Index: L/AG/23/17/36). Similar information to other Funds.