Meet our Thank You Personalities

The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to say ‘Thank You’ to the entire First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls says thank you to the WW1 generation for their service and sacrifice which changed the world we live in today.

Bear is one of the world’s most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure. He is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter, involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the UK and US. From 1994–1997, he served in the British Army reserves with 21 SAS and in July 2009, was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout at age 35.

Justine Roberts

Justine Roberts CBE says thank you to the WW1 generation for the great strides made in women’s rights:

The strides in women’s rights made by the First World War Generation have helped change the role of women in Britain today.  For me, it was an honour to join The Royal British Legion in saying “Thank you” to the incredible people of the time.”

Justine is Founder and CEO of Mumsnet, one of the UK’s largest and most influential online communities sharing advice, support and recommendations with over 14 million unique users per month. Mumsnet hosts a network of around 10,000 influencers, and regularly campaigns on issues its members care about. 

In 2011, Justine launched Gransnet, a website for the original baby boomer generation. She is a mother of four and was appointed CBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the economy.

Mark Strong

Mark Strong says thank you to the WW1 generation for their service and sacrifice which changed the world we live in today: 

Supporting The Royal British Legion has given me the chance to say “Thank you” to the remarkable people of the First World War generation in this centenary year, whose service and sacrifice shaped the world we live in today.”

He has been a well-known face on the silver screen for a number of years. Since working in British theatre and television Mark has starred alongside some of the finest actors that modern cinema has to offer in films such as: Stardust, Syriana, Body Of Lies and Sherlock Holmes.

Dr. Christian Jessen

Dr. Christian Jessen says thank you to the WW1 generation for important medical advances.

Dr. Christian is the charismatic presenter of the BAFTA award winning television series 'Embarrassing Bodies,' the critically acclaimed 'Supersize V Superskinny,' and multi award winning ‘Embarrassing Bodies: Live From the Clinic’. He has also presented ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ – a four hour live C4 fundraiser on behalf of Cancer Research, and ‘Drugs Live’ which he co-presented with Jon Snow. 

He is a highly recognizable media spokesperson and health campaigner. His passion is to simplify, demystify, de-stigmatize and explain to the public the often complicated and inaccessible world of medicine.

Tina Hobley

Tina Hobley says thank you to the WW1 generation for the evolution of wireless technology, leading to modern radio.

Tina currently presents daily on Smooth Radio, the UK's fourth largest commercial radio network. She previously starred in a number of notable television dramas including Coronation Street (as Samantha Failsworth) and Harbour Lights (as WPC Melanie Rush). She is best known for her role as Ward Sister, Chrissie Williams, in the award winning BBC medical drama Holby City.

Richard Whitehead

Richard Whitehead says thank you to the WW1 generation for developments in prosthetic limbs, helping people 100 years on:

“It’s a great privilege for me to be able highlight the sacrifices and achievements of the First World War generation and say ‘Thank you’ to those that lived through a tragic and remarkable time.”

Richard is a congenital double amputee Paralympian. He’s a World Record holder in full and half marathons, but he’s also one of the world’s best sprinters – and the current Paralympic, World and European Champion in the T42 200m. He is also the first ever leg amputee to complete the marathon in under 3 hours. Whitehead was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.

Johnson Beharry

Johnson Beharry says thank you to all the WW1 generation including the Commonwealth nations who stood at Britain’s side.

Johnson Gideon Beharry VC, of the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, is a British Army soldier who, on 18 March 2005, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces, for twice saving members of his unit from ambushes on 1 May and again on 11 June 2004 at Al-Amarah, Iraq.