Wednesday 29 May 2024

Military Service Pensions (1916-23) Collection: 16th release is online

The Military Archives of Ireland has today released its 16th instalment of files from the Military Service Pensions (1916-23) Collection (MSPC). This collection, which consists of tens of thousands of files, is the largest in the Military Archives and is one of the flagship projects of the Decade of Centenaries.

This latest release sees some 2,350 scanned files entering the public domain. They relate to claims lodged by 967 individuals/veterans or their dependents; with their names now added to the database, alongside their detailed archival description, new information on the War of Independence and the Civil War is now available and providing significant insights into post-conflict lives.

The documentation contained in each file varies. For example, the newly released file relating to Daniel Santry from Currahevern in County Cork consists of 53 pages of scanned material relating to an (unsuccessful) appeal against his military pension being reduced for one short period during the Civil War. This is the fourth MSPC file to be released for Daniel.

In total, the number of individuals appearing in the MSPC online database is now 19,196.

For more information about today's release and to download the list of individuals included, see