Chelsea Pensioners in the Recreation Room in the early 1900s

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Photograph of the residents of the Royal Hospital at long tables

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Chelsea Pensioners in the Recreation Room in the early 1900s

This photograph shows the In-Pensioners relaxing in the Great Hall. Some are reading while others are playing snooker and other games. They are wearing the day uniform, which is navy blue with a high peaked cap. Reminders of past battles adorn the walls. Above the paintings regimental flags are displayed. Colours were taken into field to help men locate their regiment in the chaos of the battle. The ones shown here proudly show the ravages of many campaigns. Originally the Great Hall was the dining room and the tables date from that period. The twenty-six occupants of each ward were allocated their own table. From the 18th century Pensioners mainly ate in the wards. Today it once more used as a dining room.

Location of original: SB02 CM1939
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