Dutch term – Gepensioneerd

Gepensioneerd literally means “pensioned,” having a pension (“pensioen”). In general use, it often means retired.

Before say 1940, most jobs did not come with a pension after retirement. Government jobs, including the military, did often come with a pension. The pensioner would need to meet requirements for age and number of years in service.

Constable Arend Kastein (1817-1903) and Dora Buitink (1824-1899). Arend retired in 1882 and received a pension. Author’s collection

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  1. Where would we find a list of people who received a military “pensioen”?

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