Was your ancestor a policeman? Nearly 70,000 Metropolitan Police pension records have been added to Ancestry in a new collection which spans 1852-1932 and features scans of original records held by The National Archives.
Generally the registers will reveal information about the officer's
length of service, whether he retired or was discharged, his pension
amount and who his next of kin were. Other details may include place of
birth, marital status and parents, and from 1923 birth and marriage
details of the spouse are also included.
Among the papers are entries for notable detectives, including some
of the senior members of the Jack the Ripper investigation unit.
Frederick Abberline, chief inspector on the case, resigned in 1892 aged
49 with an annual pension of £206, 13 shillings and four pence.