My fathers navy pension

vauxhall

Lantern Swinger
It depends when he served. Before 1 April 1978 there was a rule which required that the couple should have been married during the period of military service.

Couple of examples:

So, if someone served from, say, 1970 to 1982 and was married before or during service (and still married to the same person when they died) the spouse would be entitled to a pension based on the whole service.

If someone with the same period of service married or remarried after they left service, the spouse at the time of the member's death would be entitled to a pension based on service after 1 April 1978 only.

Does that help?
 

Taztiff

War Hero
It depends when he served. Before 1 April 1978 there was a rule which required that the couple should have been married during the period of military service.

Couple of examples:

So, if someone served from, say, 1970 to 1982 and was married before or during service (and still married to the same person when they died) the spouse would be entitled to a pension based on the whole service.

If someone with the same period of service married or remarried after they left service, the spouse at the time of the member's death would be entitled to a pension based on service after 1 April 1978 only.

Does that help?
Is there an age caveat to that @vauxhall ? For instance, I was 18 2 weeks after the 1 April 1978 point (having joined at 16).
 

vauxhall

Lantern Swinger
Pensionable service for ORs did not count until age 18 and for Officers it was age 21 but that was for the member's pension.

For the dependants it depended upon the rules at the time and the rules (law) changed on 1 April 1978 with respect to the question which is the subject of this thread. The law change was an absolute cut off. Service before that date did not count for 'post-retirement marriages' and service after that date did. Booklet attached.
 

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