The Bennett family and pensions administration

The story of the Bennett family from Ballingarry, County Tipperary is just one of the thousands that available in the collection. Their interaction with the administrative process that became the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection began with the application from John Bennett whose son Patrick was killed on 3 December 1922 at age 19. Bennett…

A letter by Nora Martin – “I am reading through these claims…”

The pension files contain a lot of correspondence and naturally, when associated with administrative processes, material can be dry and very matter-of-fact. However some can give us a substantial amount of information about people’s interactions and transactions and in some cases, they can be the only testimony of a person’s actions during those years, describing…