The Chelsea Pensioners come to the Royal Hospital Chelsea from all walks of life, from the four corners of the United Kingdom.

From bereavement to banter, they each have their own story to tell and on this page you can get to know a few of our Pensioners a bit better by clicking on their pictures below. 

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King's Birthday Honours 2024
Royal Hospital Model of Care recognised in two awards at King’s Birthday Honours

The Royal Hospital Chelsea’s model of care for older veterans has been recognised through awards for two members of staff in The King's Birthday Honours list this year.

Pat Mcgurk
The Chelsea Pensioner who drove everyone from the SAS to popstars and a princess

Pat McGurk joined the Army at 17 and never looked back. As a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport, he worked with close protection and the SAS, before driving dignitaries, VIPs and royalty.