The competition is now closed

Winners will be notified on, or before, 25 October 2018. A huge thank you to everyone that submitted their entries to us, we are currently working our way through judging these and will be in touch with the winners in due course.

Reasons to say thank you

100 years ago the war ended, and a new world began. The generation who gave so much during the war fought for more than just victory. They fought for a better world and in turn shaped how we live today. 

On the battlefield volunteers from across the Commonwealth served alongside each other. British Forces included Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims whose descendants play a central role in our culture today.

Back in Britain women played a huge role working in factories and making munitions, paving the way for women gaining the right to vote in 1918. 

During the war there were major advances in medicine, manufacturing, and innovation. Pioneering doctors and nurses vastly increased our understanding and use of x-rays, blood transfusions, and reconstructive surgery. And manufacturers developed products that are commonplace today, such as tissues.

The war also influenced poets, painters, composers and writers - Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien served as a soldier during the Battle of the Somme. 

Take a look at the film below for more insight into how this generation contributed so much.


The Thank You competition in partnership with Never Such Innocence*, was open to people aged 9-16 years old who would like to say thank you to the First World War generation, through a song, a piece of art or a poem. One lucky winner may even get the chance to feature in one of the Legion’s famous events, such as the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, attended by Her Majesty The Queen.

Every entrant should already have received a Certificate of Commendation for taking part. Check back soon to see our winners showcase.

*Never Such Innocence is a project working with children and young people aged 9-16 around the world to engage them creatively in the centenary of the First World War. Visit the Never Such Innocence website for more information.

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Contact us

If you would like to write to us, our postal address is:
Thank You Team, Remembrance Department
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA

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