Find your ancestors in Ireland Military Pensions and Medals 1916-1922

Explore more than 50,000 Irish military pension and medal records from Military Archives, Defence Forces Ireland. Did your ancestor serve during the Easter Rising or the War of Independence as a member of the Óglaigh na hÉireann, National Army, Irish Republican Army, Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, or Cumann na mBan? The records will reveal if your ancestor or someone on your ancestor’s behalf applied for a military medal or pension. You will discover your ancestor’s service history.

This index pertains to military medal and military pension files held at the Military Archives, Defence Forces Ireland.

The amount of information found in each transcript will depend on whether the record relates to a pension claim or military medal. Below is a list of the facts that you may find in the transcript:

  • Name
  • Birth year
  • Birth date
  • Event year
  • Death year
  • Death date
  • Service number
  • Organisation
  • Rank
  • Brigade
  • Division
  • Unit or regiment
  • Company
  • Commanding officer(s)
  • Organisation detail
  • Medal awarded
  • Award type
  • Award pension
  • Pension claim
  • Address detail
  • Notes – whether a medal or pension was awarded
  • Subject information – can provide extensive detail about the individual’s service and explain whether the claim was successful.
  • Country
  • Source link – connect you to the Military Archives search form

Discover more about these records

Ireland military pensions and medals 1916-1922 has been created from the records held by the Military Archives in Dublin. The records come from the Military Service Pension Collection (MSPC) and Medals Series.

Military service pensions, allowances, or gratuities were awarded in recognition of those who participated in the Easter Rising (1916) and the War of Independence (1916-1921). Pensions and medals were awarded to, but not limited to, members of the following organisations: Óglaigh na hÉireann, National Army, Irish Republican Army, Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, Hibernian Rifles, Cumann na mBan, Fianna Éireann, and Connaught Rangers. Awards were given to veterans or their dependents. Two military medals are represented in this collection: 1916 Medal and The Service Medal (1914-1921).

Various pieces of legislation were passed in regards to who was eligible for pension claims including The Army Pensions Acts 1923-1953 and The Military Service Pensions Acts of 1924, 1934, and 1949. Individuals had to submit a claim for the pension or the military medal. Original images of the records can be obtained from the Military Archives website. The original documents will include the original claim application, details about the individual’s service history, and supporting material.