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British troops were deployed onto the streets of Northern Ireland on the 14 August 1969 in response to growing sectarian unrest.

The military campaign was code named Operation Banner (Op Banner) and the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) was awarded to over 300,000 Service personnel that were deployed into Northern Ireland over the subsequent 38 years.

In total, 1,441 UK Armed Forces personnel died as result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary actions in other countries. All of their names are listed on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.

The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum for recipients of the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland), Civilian Services in support of Op Banner and families of British Armed Forces and Civilian Service personnel killed as a result of operations in Northern Ireland.

Due to a large-scale, private Commemorative event, the Arboretum will be closed to visitors all day on Wednesday 14 August. Only accredited people can enter the site.

Further information is available the National Memorial Arboretum website.

Attending the event

Recipients of the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland)

If you are a veteran or currently serving and hold the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland), please register your interest by clicking the 'REGISTER' link below. Please note this invite is also extended to one guest.

Please be sure to include the following required information to receive a registration link:

  • Full name
  • Email
  • Relevant Corps, Regimental or Service Association you served with in Northern Ireland

We kindly ask all serving and ex-serving men and women to wear their GSM (NI) Medal on the day of the event.

Please note, your information will be shared with your relevant Corps, Regimental or Service Association you served with in Northern Ireland.

REGISTER

Representative of bereaved families

Two representatives from families of British Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel killed as a result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary actions in other countries are invited to register to attend.

The deceased must have been awarded the GSM (NI) or served in a emergency service in support of Operation Banner. Please register your interest by clicking the 'REGISTER' link below.

Please be sure to include the following required information to receive a registration link:

  • Full Name
  • Email

Please note, your information will be shared with your relevant War Widows Association.

REGISTER

Civilian services

If you served in a civilian service in support of Operation Banner, please register your interest by clicking the 'REGISTER' link below. Please note this invite is also extended to one guest.

Please be sure to include the following required information to receive a registration link:

  • Full Name
  • Email
  • Name of Civilian Service you served with in Northern Ireland

Please note, your information will be shared with your retired Service Association you served with in Northern Ireland.

REGISTER

The deadline for registering your interest is Tuesday 30 July.  

If you have any further queries, please email us.

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