Now I cannot take any credit for this in any shape or form, other than finding it on the blog of British Genes, but thought it well worthy of dissemination, which it now does, courtesy of Chris Paton, to whom I apologise for not previously asking his permission to reproduce the article.
But here it is an article on WW1 Army Pensions appeals by Scottish soldiers, penned by a young lad called Tunji Lees , an Austrian / Scot. On the face of things it seems to be a fabulous potential source of information and well worthy of further investigation, I may have to try and persuade Tom Gordon at the Royal Scots to take a dander down the hill with me for a good look. I would certainly be up for digitising the records but a) Looks like a massive job and b) NAS are very adverse to allowing cameras into the building, perhaps they may soften the line at some point.
“I’ve recently discovered a great, little-known source for people researching the service of their First World War ancestors in Scotland. There are a set of post-WW1 pension appeal records held by the National Records of Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk).
The records are catalogued under the reference PT6 and contain the pension application records of 1000s of Scottish soldiers -and next of kin of soldiers (usually widows) – who suffered from injuries sustained in the war, or died after the war due to injuries. These appear to be the Scottish equivalent of the PIN26 series for England and Wales (which, unlike the Scottish PT6 series, is indexed).
Whereas the PT26 series appears to only be a selection of the disability pensions awarded to English and Welsh soldiers after the First World War, the Scottish PT6 series appears to be complete. And as you’ll see below, the Scottish records are also quite detailed.
-Date of the hearing and in which courtroom it was held (the hearings were held at 3 Parliament Square, Edinburgh)
-Disability from which the man claimed to be suffering
-Whether the appeal was allowed or disallowed (many were in fact disallowed)
-If allowed, how much the applicant received, and whether he got a lump sum or a fixed rate, and for how longEach file also has some information on the soldier’s medical history. From around 1923, the application files start to get thicker and
thicker, some having up to 10 or more pages of medical history, detailing the medical condition of the soldier throughout, and after, the war, as well as his date and cause of death if he died. Some of the files also include correspondence relating to theapplication.The application records are held off-site, and will need to be ordered 24 hours in advance.Occasionally, I’ve come across a file which had not been filed under the correct letter within the box, and once, I came across a file that had been filed in the wrong box.I believe these records have great potential for being a useful source for WW1 family history research. The problem with them however is that, without an index, it can be very time consuming looking for a pension record unless you know exactly when it was applied for.
I hope someone will see fit to digitise or at least index them. Perhaps this could be a project for a genealogy society, or a commercial website . I can’t see the NRS indexing or digitising them any time soon, as I know they’re already quite busy with digitising valuation rolls, and other records.”