On this day in 1801 a Chelsea Pensioner was condemned to death by hanging for murdering a fellow Chelsea Pensioner. But that was just the start of a truly macabre tale.

Tickets are now on sale for a fascinating festival of history on the Royal Hospital Road in one of London’s most ancient districts.

When Chelsea Pensioner Ernie Boyden noticed a small street called Bunhouse Place, behind the Pimlico Road, he decided to investigate.

Last weekend’s multimedia exhibition: From the World War I Battlefields and Into the Peace saw visitors from all over Britain, including the Isle of Wight.

When the Royal Hospital opened its doors to women in 2009, Marjorie Cole jumped at the chance. Ten years on, she looks back at what brought her to the Royal Hospital and talks about what makes life as a Chelsea Pensioner so special.

Former Chelsea Pensioner Joshua Tongue was awarded two medals at Talavera and Waterloo. These were displayed in the Royal Hospital’s museum but In 1978, during a burglary, Private Tongue’s medals vanished. Nothing was heard of the medals, until the Royal Hospital received an email from a London auction house last December.

135 year-old photo sheds light on last surviving Chelsea Pensioners who were veterans of the Battle of Waterloo

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Paul Whittick
“When we’re out of lockdown, I’ll be ready!”

Chelsea Pensioner Paul Whittick, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, has always been keen on keeping fit. In the light of lockdown, he says staying physically and mentally active is more important than ever.

Pensioners on parade for the Royal visit
“It’s a lovely day tomorrow”

The pandemic has meant it’s been a very difficult year for us all. The Chelsea Pensioners are no exception and have missed getting out and about. Nevertheless, they’ve put a brave face on it and, as one Chelsea Pensioner puts it, “the banter continues”.

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