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Telling our story

The Legion’s centenary year is a real opportunity for us to showcase all that we do so well. 

From its very beginnings in 1921 our members, and the branches to which they belong, have been at the heart of the Legion and we’re turning to you to kick start the centenary commemorations by Telling Our Story. 

No one is better placed to tell the story of the Legion’s first 100 years than its Membership community. 

We need you to delve into the history of your branches and share Legion related records, artefacts, membership experiences, personal stories and more. Be it assisting Legion beneficiaries, commemorating key events and anniversaries, bringing the community together, or simple stories of the day to day events in your area – no story, item or recollection is too small. 

This is your story. It’s about you, your branches, your community, your local stories and connections.  

We are standing by to hear from you and help you through the process of recording and storing these artifacts and memories for your branch and the Legion. 

Please get in touch at tellingourstory@britishlegion.org.uk

3. Silk Poppy, Mr E L Hammett MBE
5. Branscombe Branch officers and guests on their 20th anniversary in 1967
4. Hessle Royal British Legion Silver Band c1969

Members

All our members play a vital role in supporting the Legion. They build relationships and provide support to the Armed Forces community and their families. From being at the end of a phone line and visiting veterans in their local area, to holding Remembrance and community events across the UK, our members help us reach those who need us most. 

We want to hear about your experiences as members through the years. We've already had some great submissions from members including photos of a silk poppy, sold for £1,000 in 1937 by Mr E L Hammett MBE, one of the founder members of TRBL Newport Branch, Branscombe Branch officers and guests on their 20th anniversary 1967 and Hessle Royal British Legion Silver Band c1969. 

Tell us your stories
2. Sark Branch Minutes_first meeting after occupation

Branches

Legion branches are focal points for social activity, Remembrance, and providing support to the Armed Forces community in all kinds of ways. In local communities they play a vital role in helping hard-to-reach individuals and tackling problems like loneliness and isolation. Does your branch have interesting meeting minutes, photographs or stories to tell about how your branch operates and engages with the local community?

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Branches

Legion branches are focal points for social activity, Remembrance, and providing support to the Armed Forces community in all kinds of ways. In local communities they play a vital role in helping hard-to-reach individuals and tackling problems like loneliness and isolation. Does your branch have interesting meeting minutes, photographs or stories to tell about how your branch operates and engages with the local community?

Get in touch
7. Peter Gauci, Standard Bearer Malta Branch, at GP90
9. Massed standards at GP90 (submitted by Curry Rivel, Drayton and Fivehead Branch)
8. GP90 wreath, Curry Rivel, Drayton and Fivehead Branch
6. Holt and District RBL, certificate of participation in GP90

GP90

A celebration of membership

In 1928, on the direction of Field Marshal Earl Haig, The British Legion, in cooperation with the British Empire Service League, organised for 11,000 war veterans and widows to undertake the Battlefields Pilgrimage to some of the Western Front’s battlefields. They then paraded to the Menin Gate on 8 August to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the ‘Hundred Days Offensive’. 

90 years later, in 2018, representatives of 1,152 Legion branches followed in their footsteps as part of GP90. 

Did your branch attend or hold commemorations back at home?

Share your stories

How to digitise your stories

We've put together a short step-by-step video to help you digitise any artefacts that you'd like to share with us. 

Watch the video and send in your Legion related records, artefacts, membership experiences and personal stories by emailing tellingourstory@britishlegion.org.uk

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