HC Deb 26 February 1919 vol 112 c1785W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether a soldier in receipt of a disablement pension from the Ministry of Pensions is entitled to a service pension as well; and is the total disablement pension the same after one month's service as after eighteen years' service for the same degree of disablement, or is there an addition to the disablement pension in the latter case in respect of service?


A soldier's disablement pension is determined by rank and degree of disablement and not by length of service. Disablement pension and service pension may be held concurrently, but a warrant officer or non-commissioned officer entitled to both service and disablement pension must elect whether he will take disablement pension at private's rate in addition to service pension or forfeit the latter and take disablement pension in accordance with his proper rank. He naturally elects to take that which is of the greater advantage to him.