Our centenary

RBL 100 - a century of service

The Royal British Legion was formed in the aftermath of the First World War when four organisations came together to fight the injustices faced by those returning home after service – and became the British Legion in 1921. From the beginning we campaigned for fair treatment of those who had given so much for their country during the war and provided much needed welfare support and comradeship to millions.​​

100 years on we continue to respond to the changing needs of the Armed Forces community, providing small interventions to life-changing, and sometimes lifesaving, support. ​

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100 years of RBL

A century of supporting the Armed Forces community has built a charity ready for the next 100 years.

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As we look to the future, we remain dedicated to improving the lives of all who serve in the British Armed Forces and their families. By building on a century of work we’ll make sure we are an organisation fit for the next 100, committed to ensuring all who have served and sacrificed on our behalf get the fair treatment and recognition they deserve.​

Anna Guerin

Anna Guérin and the story of the first poppies

When the British Legion chose to use the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in 1921 it proved an immediate success, but the story of the woman behind its adoption is less well known. Today, the poppy remains a symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future to this day.

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Telling our story

Our members, volunteers and staff have been at our heart since 1921. From silk poppies to personal testimonies, explore the stories that celebrate 100 years of honouring and supporting those who protect our way of life.

Explore our stories

Changing lives for the better

Over the last 100 years our support has evolved and adapted to meet the changing needs of the Armed Forces community. But while much has changed, our reason for existing remains.

Our mission and the importance of our work today are the same as they were in 1921: Remembrance, welfare and campaigning for those who serve and sacrifice to protect our way of life. But the way we deliver our support looks different now. As the needs of our community become more complex, with an ageing population, impacts of social isolation and issues that simply didn’t exist 100 years ago, it’s critical that we respond to these changes by supporting the community when and where they need it.

100 years of supporting the Armed Forces community

And with your help, we will be here for 100 more.

Our work today

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