Source Information

Original data: War Office: Officers’ Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers. WO 42/52–63. Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives.

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About Canada, Pension Applications For Widows and Family of British Military Officers, 1776-1881

This database contains various documents relating to applications for pensions or benefits for the widows and children of officers of the King's German Legion and British American Regiments who died while in the service or on half-pay. Documents include the following:

  • birth and baptismal certificates
  • marriage certificates
  • death certificates
  • wills and administrations
  • statements of service
  • and other personal papers

What You May Find in These Records

Details you find will vary according to document type but may include the following:

  • name
  • place and date of death
  • age
  • relationship
  • spouse
  • children
  • spouse petition year
  • children petition year
  • date of marriage

Multiple images may be associated with an officer, so make sure you use the arrow keys to browse forward and backward to locate any additional images pertaining to the person.