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Telling our story

Telling Our Story

Help us celebrate the Legion's centenary year and our people who have made such a difference.

From its very beginnings, in 1921, our members, volunteers and staff of the organisation have been at the heart of the Legion. We’re turning to you to kick start the centenary commemorations by Telling Our Story

We are asking you to delve into the history of our branches, members, volunteers and community work to share Legion related records, artefacts, 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. The items will then be captured in our digital library so that our story can be told for another 100 years.

This is your story. It’s about you, your people, your branches, your community, your achievements and connections.  

We have just over a couple of months to gather stories and artefacts in preparations for our centenary commemorations in May. We are standing by to hear from you.

Simply email us your stories and photographs to tellingourstory@britishlegion.org.uk and one of our team members will upload this into our digital library.

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
Photograph of Mrs Roberts
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Volunteers

Our volunteers give us so much of their time and energy, whether it is fundraising during Poppy Appeal or lending an ear through the Telephone Buddy system. Every single person makes such a difference in providing support to the Armed Forces community and we want to hear your reasons for volunteering for the Legion, your experiences and highlights. This could be a momentous achievement within your team or a short insight into your everyday activities – we want to know the big and small stories that give us the best picture of Legion life.

We’ve had a thank you letter addressed to Mrs Roberts, from Golders Green & District Branch, on behalf of Earl Haig’s Appeal, for her support and contribution in 1923. At the age of 25, she raised £8, 12 shillings and 8 pence (£450 equivalent today) which contributed towards the Poppy Appeal all those years ago.

Are you a volunteer or know someone who was? Whether your story is from 50 years ago or 50 days ago, it’s all part of our first 100 years and we want it to be part of Telling Our Story.

Send us your stories

Any questions?

Please get in touch if you require any assistance or have any questions - we are here to help you.

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