As we commemorate another season of Remembrance, we share some extraordinary stories of war over the past century.

Green Fields, Tales from World War I, The Lone Survivor & The Open Door are all experiences from 'The Great War' between 1914 - 1918 and are retold by Chelsea Pensioners' whose family were directly involved in the stories.

Other stories feature incredible accounts of conflict experienced by current Chelsea Pensioners during World War II and beyond.

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Brompton Cemetery Seed Sowing
Sowing wildflowers in memory of past Chelsea Pensioners

On 6 May, Chelsea Pensioners and members of the Royal Hospital’s grounds team joined representatives from the Royal Parks, the Royal Parks Guild and the Friends of Brompton Cemetery to sow a patch of wildflower seeds in Brompton Cemetery as part of the Battlefields and Butterflies initiative.

Chelsea Pensioner Centenarians
100 years old and still going strong

Recent research backs up the anecdote that Chelsea Pensioners not only live considerably longer than their peers outside (by over five years, on average), but that their lifetimes once they come to the Royal Hospital are extending, year on year. This strongly suggests that the care and community here contribute to greater longevity – as well as improving quality of life. 

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