Records of the British Legion: York Branch

Scope and Content

This collection currently contains correspondence, applications and orders for individuals applying for and receiving financial aid such as employment support and pensions.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Legion formed in 1921 from the amalgamation of four other groups: 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 and The Officers' Association. The first ever Poppy Appeal was held with the first Poppy Day on 11 November 1921. The charity gained a Royal Charter in 1925 and the Queen granted the Legion a "Royal" prefix in its title in 1971, the same year it celebrated its 50th anniversary. It extended membership to serving members of Her Majesty's Forces as well as ex-Service personnel in 1981. Presently, anyone can become a member of the Royal British Legion.

Access Information

Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Tester, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, December 2014.

Conditions Governing Use

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