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What Was Thank You

100 years ago the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war. We believe it is time to think about all of those who lived through this tragic and remarkable time - and who put Britain on the path to becoming what it is today.

This year The Royal British Legion has led the nation in saying Thank You to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. Watch the video to find out more.

Who We Thanked

The Arts

Arts and culture were impacted by the experiences of a generation of poets, artists and composers. We still enjoy the works of Wilfred Owen, Gustav Holst, J R. R. Tolkien and many more.

Children

More than 340,000 children lost a parent and countless more lost brothers and uncles in WW1. Despite this trauma, children played a vital role in the war effort.

Pioneers

Pioneers in WW1 were driven to innovate. If you’ve ever used a teabag or worn a wristwatch you can thank the necessity during the war for making them commonplace.

Women

Women played a huge role in WW1 and this helped to change their role in Britain. Supporting the war effort meant that many more women worked in jobs outside the home.

Commonwealth

The Commonwealth answered the call with volunteers from far and wide including pre-partition India, the Caribbean and Africa, all of whom make up a vibrant part of our culture.

The Armed Forces

Soldiers returning home found a shortage of housing and a struggling economy. Despite this they brought the same resolve to peace that they had shown in war, helping to rebuild Britain.

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

Or email us at: thankyou@britishlegion.org.uk