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British troops deployed onto the streets of Northern Ireland on the 14 August 1969, in response to growing sectarian unrest. The military campaign was code named OP BANNER and the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) was awarded to over 300k 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 operation in British military history.  The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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How to register

Veterans and currently serving

If you hold the GSM (NI) , please contact your relevant Association who will send you an invitation directly. If you are unsure who your Association would be, please contact commemorative.events@britishlegion.org.uk and we will do our best to advise you.

Serving personnel are advised to read the events FAQ for details about uniform and duty days.

Representative of bereaved families

Please see event FAQs to find out more about attending this event and email commemorative.events@britishlegion.org.uk if you are interested in attending.

The Legion will work with the appropriate agencies including the MOD and Widows’ associations to enable their attendance.

Civilian Services

If you hold the civilian equivalent of the GSM (NI), you should contact your relevant Civilian Service who will issue an invitation directly (see list below):

If your association does not appear above, please email commemorative.events@britishlegion.org.uk

For verification purposes your details will be shared with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Civilian Services Contingent. You will be asked to agree to this in our terms and conditions on our accreditation site.

Who we are and how we use your personal information

The Royal British Legion is a charity (registered charity number 219279) dedicated to helping members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round. We also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen.

At the Royal British Legion we take our commitment to maintaining the privacy and security your personal data extremely seriously, ensuring that we meet all data protection requirements. We do not pass on any of the information that you give us to any third parties, except in circumstances where such information may be requested by the police to ensure the security of our events.

What we collect and why

The Royal British Legion will only collect the personal data that is absolutely necessary to register you for one of our events and to ensure the safety and security of that event. That is why we may ask you for different data for different events. When you register for an event your data will be stored in our event accreditation system, which is an Accredit Solutions system.  This allows the Royal British Legion Remembrance Team to contact you about the event.  Please note, this will not be communication regarding fundraising events.

We will not continue to hold any of your data any longer then is required and as such we will delete your personal data one month after the event you have registered to attend.

If you select ‘Yes’ when detailing that you have a particular story to share with our media team, your contact details will be passed to The Royal British Legion Public Relations Team for them to contact you.