Memoranda and pension documents
- April 1, 2018 18:29:52 Craig Duncan
No. 916443 I.C.5.
To get your Pension you must send in your Life Certificate
Certificate of Identity (applicable to Pensioners only).
Notice. This Certificate is Government Property.
It is no security whatever for debt. Any Person being in
possession of it as a pledge or security for debt is liable, on summary conviction,
to a penalty of £20 for a first offence, and a like penalty or imprisonment for
six months for a second offence, under section 156 (9) of the Army Act.
PENSIONS ISSUABLE ON THIS CERTIFICATE ARE PAYABLE WEEKLY IN ADVANCE.
No. of Certificate handwritten (in italics) S. F. O. 173166
THIS IS TO CERTIFY that Mr handwritten (in italics) John Bates
late (rank) handwritten (in italics) Pte of the handwritten (in italics) Labour Corps
(Description: Height handwritten (in italics) - Eyes handwritten (in italics) Grey Hair handwritten -
Age at the date of this Certificate handwritten (in italics) 40 years ) is entitled to payment of a
handwritten (in italics) 20% disablement pension of handwritten (in italics) eight shillings (8/-) a week for
himself, *wife and ................... *children, at the Post Office at handwritten (in italics) James St., Dragheda
Stamped signature W.F. Shannon
Superintendent, Pension Issue Office
Baker Street, London, W. 1.
Date rubber stamp 21 JAN 1920
INSTRUCTIONS for the guidance of the Pensioner
1. Payment of your Pension is due each Wednesday, and will be made only on production of this Certificate at the
Post Office selected for payment. If you do not draw your pension each week the arrears can be issued on your
application at the Post Office within a month.
2. Notice should be given to the Postmaster in any case where it is desired to change the Post Office at which
payment is made.
3. Should you be ill and unable to go to the Post Office, end someone you can trust to the Post Office with this
Certificate to ask the Postmaster for the Allowance Form, so that you can sign the Form and get the Sick Certificate on
the back signed also. The Postmaster will hold this Certificate until the signed Form is brought back to him. Then
he will return it to the bringer, with the money for you.
4. As payment cannot be made without this Certificate it should be taken great care of. If it is lost you should at
once inform the Superintendent, Pension Issue Office, Baker Street, London, W. 1, and also the Post Office.
5. If you leave your pension undrawn for four successive quarters your name will be struck off the List and will
not be replaced unless you satisfactorily explain your neglect.
6. When writing about your pension always quote the number of this Certificate and state (1) your regimental
number, (2) full name, (3) regiment, and (4) the Post Office at which payment is made. Any change of address
should be at once notified to the Superintendent, Pension Issue Office, Baker Street. W. 1.
7. As soon as the last ring has been has been obliterated by the Post Office, this Certificate must be returned to the
Superintendent, Pension Issue Office, Baker Street, London, W. 1, who will issue a new Certificate, if any more
pension is due. When returning your Certificate state your address in full.
8. Any Pensioner shown to have been convicted of Crime, to have fraudulently attempted to obtain Pension, to
have pledged or otherwise improperly parted with his Identity or Life Certificate, or to have been guilty of other gross
misconduct, will be liable to be deprived of his Pension to such an extent as the Minister of Pensions may direct, in
addition to other punishment that the Law may inflict. Sentence of a Court of Law, following conviction of felonious
Crimes, involves forfeiture of Pension in many cases.
9. Pensioners must not leave His Majesty's Dominions without permission, and they will not receive their pensions for
any period during which they reside, without such permission, in any country not forming part of His Majesty's Dominions.
10. The In-Pension Establishments at Chelsea and Kilmainham afford a home for deserving Out-Pensioners who are
incapable of labour. Every application for admission should be made, by letter only, addressed to the Sectretary, Royal
Hospital, Chelsea, or to the Secretary, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. The minimum age for admission in ordinary
cases is 55 years, but Pensioners disabled by wounds or sickness resulting from Military Service may be admitted
earlier. Out-Pensioners can be admitted only as vacancies occur, and after their applications have been duly dealt with
by the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital, or by the Governors of Kilmainham Hospital.
In the event of the death of the Pensioner, the person who notifies the death to the Local Registrar of Deaths should
deliver this Certificate to him, and will receive from him the sum of one shilling for so doing.
Any person presenting this Certificate at a Post Office for payment of the Pension after the death of the Pensioner will be prosecuted.
Army Form W. 5112
Handwritten (in italics)
Cork 11.8. 1919
I am directed to transmit the accompanying 1914 Sla ...
which has been awarded to you
in respect of your services with the Leinster Regt.
I am to request that you would be so good as to acknowledge the recipt
of the decoration on the attached form, which is to be returned to the above
address in the enclosed addressed envelope, which needs no stamp.
I am, Sir
Your obedient Servant,
handwritten at side:
548/Pt J. Bates
Bottom-left document - printed
Wt. W12885/M1307. 40,000 pads 2/17. J, T. & S., Ltd.
Army Dorm C348 (Pads).
Handwritten in italics thoughout
From Regt Paymaster, Cork
To Mrs Marg. Bates Drogheda
5481 Bates J
Herewith money order
valued £3-15-0 being amount
of arrears due to you from
14 18 to 24/18. A draft look @ 12/6
has been this day forwarded
to the Post Office at Drogheda
and will be payable to you