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WW1 Centenary

The 4th of August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history – the First World War – with fighting continuing until the 11th of November 1918, Armistice Day.

The Royal British Legion was founded by British veterans in the aftermath of the First World War and will be at the forefront of Centenary commemorations. As we come together in Remembrance of events a century ago, we are reminded of the important welfare work the Legion continues to provide today and will need to provide in the future.

A century on from the First World War, those serving in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families still call on us for help with almost every aspect of daily life. The problems facing First World War veterans when they returned to the UK continue to affect serving personnel and veterans today: whether living with bereavement or disability, finding employment, or coping with financial stress.

WW1 Centenary bookletAs the UK’s Custodian of Remembrance, the Legion will be leading the nation in respecting the sacrifices of the First World War. As the UK’s largest Armed Forces charity, the Legion will be leading the nation in providing direct care and support to Armed Forces and veteran families in need.

The Legion is involved in a number of commemorative Centenary projects at national, county and branch level. A brief outline of some of these is including in our downloadable WW1 Centenary information booklet. Many are still in the planning stages so please revisit this section of our website for information as more projects are announced.

Centenary Poppy Campaign

Poppy fieldThis national campaign, which originated in the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch of the Legion, is asking the public and local authorities to purchase Flanders poppy seeds from B&Q to plant on their own land.

The aim of the campaign is to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War. Read more >>>

Remembering the Fallen

EMR 250X165Every Man Remembered (incorporating Every Woman Remembered) is a exciting new project asking for every casualty from the First World War to be remembered.

In partnership with the CWGC, the Legion is developing a special new website - www.everymanremembered.org. At the moment it's just giving a taste of what's to come but you can sign up to be first in line to participate in this exciting and momentous act of Remembrance. Read more >>>

Forever commemorative album

Forever Album CoverDecca Records have produced an extraordinary collection of spoken word and music featuring well know actors and presenters to commemorate the First World War.

This unique recording also features readings and stories by a number of descendants of WW1 Victoria Cross recipients and the music of The Central Band of The Royal British Legion. Read more >>>

National Memorial Arboretum

Shotat DawnThe UK’s living Centre of Remembrance, will mark 100 years since the First World War  with a variety of special events and activities, for all ages.

Activities include a WW1 Discovery Trail, war poetry recitals, commemorative services and special programmes for school children. Entrance to the National Memorial Arboretum is free. Visit www.thenma.org.uk/events to find out more. 

Schools and Learning

IWM Q000872/Sean PowerThe Legion's FREE Learning Pack contains a wide variety of resources on the First World War including assembly outlines, case studies, poetry, activities and comparison of then and now.

Click here for more about our Learning Pack (including CD & DVD resources) and to order your copy.

Branch projects

Burnham War MemorialThe Legion's Burnham Branch has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Burnam War Stories, a project working with local schools and youth organisations. Read more >>>

And Stowmarket Branch also received HLF funding for a concert and Antiques Roadshow type event in May, a parade in July and an essay competition for local students based on those commemorated on the town's memorial gates.

Remembrance Travel

Menin Gate with poppy tributesThe Legion's travel arm, Remembrance Travel, is offering a number of WW1 tours in 2014 and will also arrange bespoke group tours. Visit www.remembrancetravel.org.uk for more information.

We also offer tours for schools and organisations for young people both within the UK and in Europe. Visit www.remembrancetravelforschools.org.uk for more information.

Centenary Charity Auction

Centenary AuctionDo you have any First World War memorabilia such as uniforms, medals, postcards or antiques and collectibles from the 1920s to the 1960s?

We'd love you to donate them to The Great Centenary Charity Auction. All funds raised will help us fund research into reducing the effects of blast injuries. Read more >>>