What is a Veterans’ Organisation?

Introduction A veterans’ organisation, also known as an ex-service organisation, is an organisation composed of persons who served in a country’s armed forces, especially those who served in the armed forces during a period of war. Background The organisation’s concerns include benefits for spouses and children, veterans’ claims, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues, and other… Read More

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What is the Royal British Legion Riders Branch?

Introduction The Royal British Legion Riders Branch (RBLR) was formed in 2004 as a branch of The Royal British Legion, a registered charity that supports past and present members of the Armed Forces. Background While its membership is dominated by former and current HM Armed Forces personnel, it also welcomes members who support the aims… Read More

What is the Royal British Legion?

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 Comrades of the Great War?

Introduction The Comrades of The Great War were formed in 1917 as an association to represent the rights of ex-service men and women who had served or had been discharged from service during World War I. Background Comrades of The Great War was one of the original four ex-service associations that amalgamated on Sunday 15… Read More