This collection is from The National Archives’ series PIN 82, Ministry of Pensions: First World War Widows’ Pensions Forms. The pension forms were created by the Ministry of Pensions, and these are only a sample of the original forms. This collection represents less than 2% of the original records; the rest of the collection was destroyed. For data protection reasons, Findmypast has suppressed any records with children born less than 100 years ago. The records include the names of soldiers who died during and after the First World War. You will find pension records for soldiers who died up to 1925.

Each result will provide you with an image of the original pension record from The National Archive and a transcript of the key facts. The details in each transcript depend on the information found in the original document. You should find a combination of the following facts:

  • Name
  • Service number
  • Regiment
  • Service
  • Death year
  • Cause of death
  • Marriage year
  • Spouse’s name
  • Children’s names
  • Archive and reference


The image will always provide further details about your ancestor such as attestation year, rank, and date and place of death, as well as your ancestor’s age at the time of death. Some records will also note if your ancestor received any awards or medals. The later records do include more information about your ancestor’s service.