Introduction The Royal British Legion (RBL), sometimes called the British Legion, is a British charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants. Membership Service in the military is no longer a requirement of Legion membership. The Legion has an official membership magazine, Legion,… Read More
What is the Officers’ Association?
Introduction The Officers’ Association (OA) is a British charity supporting military ex-officers and their families, founded in 1920. Background It received a Royal Charter on 10 June 1921 and is closely associated with The Royal British Legion. The Officers’ Association has a history of supporting officers and their dependents. It has historically helped to address… Read More
What was the Silver Badge Party?
Introduction The Silver Badge Party was an unofficial political movement which existed in the United Kingdom during and immediately after World War I. The Party consisted of several groups representing the political interests of former service personnel. It took its name from the Silver War Badge (SWB) that was issued to servicemen who had been… Read More
What was the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers?
Introduction The National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers (NADSS) was a British veterans’ organisation. Background The group was founded in early 1917 at a conference in Blackburn, drawing together various local groups representing working men who had served in World War I but had since been discharged. It campaigned for better pensions, and more… Read More
What was the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers?
Introduction The National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers (NFDDSS) was a British veterans organisation. The organisation was founded in January 1917 by various London-based veterans groups opposed to the Military Service (Review of Exceptions) Act 1917, which made it possible for people invalided out of the armed forces to be re-conscripted. It… Read More
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