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Royal British Legion Centenary

Saturday 15th May 2021 marked the centenary of the British Legion. The Legion was formed on 15th May 1921 and brought together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the first world war.
These were:
  • The National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers
  • The British National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers
  • The Comrades of The Great War
  • The Officers’ Association
The amalgamation of these diverse bodies can be attributed largely to two men: Field Marshal Earl Haig and Tom Lister of The Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers. Lord Haig served as the President of The Royal British Legion until his death.
President of the Barnstaple British Legion, Ken Hartnoll said: “We provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces – past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy. It is an honour to have been a member for more than 20 years and wonderful that the British Legion has stood the test of time; yet 100 years on we continue to respond to the changing needs of the Armed Forces community, providing help and sometimes life-changing support.”
Mayor Alan Rennles said: “It is an honour to be invited to attend today’s ceremonial wreath laying. The good work that the British Legion has done, continues to do and will do in future deserves every bit of support from the community and as ex-military I know only too well how highly the Legion’s services are valued. Thank you to President, Ken Hartnoll for organising the wreath and the event today in Rock Park. Lest we forget.”
You can visit the Barnstaple British Legion website –  http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/barnstaple and you can join too, membership is open to everyone. If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support for those who have served and their families, come and join us. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not. https://selfservice.britishlegion.org.uk/addmember/details