I am aware that the Royal Patriotic Fund was raised in 1854 to assist dependants of fallen soldiers and that it was enshrined in law in 1867. I have not read anywhere that wounded veterans of the Crimean War received assistance from this Fund. Yet, a very large proportion of WO97 Chelsea Pension records of military pensioners in Western Australia have a notation (usually on page 4) 'Pat Fund'.
I do not know if they benefited from the fund in some way, or whether they subscribed to the fund.
If they subscribed, does anyone know the process for this .......
Did they make a voluntary payment directly to the fund? Or was it an arbitrary amount deducted from their pension?
If they benefited from the fund, how did it work?