Police and Firemen (War Service) Act 1939

The Police and Firemen (War Service) Act was an Act passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom soon after the outbreak of the Second World War.[1] It was mainly concerned with pensions for those leaving the UK's fire services and police forces to serve in the armed forces (section 1–5), including those in the army and navy reserves (section 6) but excluding those in the London Fire Brigade (section 7).[1] It also clarified such matters regarding probationers and those in training on leave (sections 8 and 13) and that those injured on war service would have that injury counted as non-accidental injuries (section 11), but that nobody leaving the force to join the armed services needed to re-attest (section 9).[1] It also made different provisions for chief officers (section 10).[1]

Police and Firemen (War Service) Act
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to make provision with respect to constables I and firemen serving in His Majesty's forces during the period of the present emergency, to suspend the right of constables and firemen to retire on pension during that period, to provide that war injuries shall be deemed to be non-accidental injuries for the purpose of enactments and other instruments relating to the pensions of constables and firemen, to amend section sixteen of the Fire Brigade Pensions Act, 1925, and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.
Citation2 & 3 Geo. 6. c. 103
Royal assent5 September 1939
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Police and Firemen (War Service) Act 1939 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.


  1. ^ a b c d "legislation.gov.uk entry (as enacted)".