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A Chelsea pensioner is an in-pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement home and nursing home for former members of the British Army located in Chelsea, London. Historically, however, the phrase applied more widely, referring to both in-pensioners and out-pensioners.

Still to research, but with these army numbers, I assume that they were Crimean War veterans.

Douglas, Alexander, 690, Cpl, 3rd WIR

Douglas, Andrew, 390, Private, 2nd D Gds

Douglas, George, 819, Cpl, 10th Hussars

Douglas, James, 2089, Private, 48th Foot

Douglas, John, 1582, Private, 72nd Highs

Douglas, Robert, 828, Private, 3rd WIR

Notes:
1.  Prior to 1920 each regiment issued their own service numbers which were unique only within that regiment, so the same number could be issued many times in different regiments. When a serviceman moved, he would be given a new service number by his new regiment.



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