History of the Military Aid Fund

During the war in South Africa subscriptions were generously contributed in Hampshire (which then included the Isle of Wight) to help the soldiers of the County who took part in that campaign.

At the end of the war a sum of money remained from these contributions and at a meeting of the Subscribers, held at the Castle, Winchester on 9th February 1903 and presided over by the First Earl of Northbrook (Lord Lieutenant of the County), it was resolved that the surplus funds should be invested in the name of the Trustees as the nucleus of a fund for the benefit of men belonging to any Hampshire unit, their families or widows. The fund was to be called the 'Hampshire and Isle of Wight Military Aid Fund'.

During the First World War considerable further sums were received from some of the 36 battalions of the Hampshire Regiment and from other County units. During the Second World War several battalions of the Hampshire Regiment were deployed as well as other County Units, both regular and territorial. These have all been disbanded or amalgamated and the Fund benefitted considerably from their surplus funds. The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, is a trustee of the Fund as have been all her predecessors since 1903.

The constitutional papers, seventeen volumes of case reports from 1903-1994, the Annual Reports from 1904-2010 and other significant papers have been transferred to the Hampshire Record Office on permanent loan. For privacy, the public is not allowed access to case details less than thirty years old.

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Letters of Thanks

Dear Lt Col Bryan,

On behalf of my clients, Mr. & Mrs. X, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude for the benevolence you have shown them. The 410 will make a world of difference to the quality of life for Mr. X, in what are, in effect, his last weeks and months.

When Mr. X does pass on, I will, as per your letter, contact you again.

Kindest Regards,

SSAFA caseworker

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