This year is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal British Legion. Both the national body and its Branch in Royal Tunbridge Wells were founded in 1921. The purpose of both has remained the same over the decades—“to support our Armed Forces community through thick and thin ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten”.
In practice, the Legion helps members of the Armed Forces, veterans, their families and dependents find jobs, overcome financial difficulties, find housing, skills training, help with mobility and mental health. It is also a campaigning organisation. The Tunbridge Wells Branch for many years has maintained a local network and with the huge support of the local community has raised substantial sums for the Poppy Appeal which funds these activities. It also maintains links with the town’s cadet forces, keeps Branch members informed, and works with civic leaders to plan and participate in Remembrance events.
The RBL is celebrating and commemorating the Centenary in many ways. Nationally it is showcasing memories of the RBL in Telling Our Story—tales of members, volunteers, branches and staff over the last 100 years.
In Royal Tunbridge Wells, an Act of Remembrance was held on Saturday 9 October at the War Memorial, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Christ Church. Deputy Lieutenant, Jacques Arnold, was delighted to take part in the celebrations and represent the Lord-Lieutenant at this very special occasion.
Photographer: Rachel Luckhurst