SINCE the formation of the Royal British Legion on May 15, 1921, the care and rehabilitation of ex-Service men has remained a top priority throughout the year, with funds bolstered significantly by the poppy appeal during the annual run up to Remembrance Sunday.
Immediately after the First World War four national organisations had established themselves to look after the welfare, both in body and mind of the returning Service men. They were also trying to help reintegrate the men into the working environment. In many respects the situation was so dire it caught the imagination of Lance Bombadier Tom Lister, a Lancastrian by birth, who decided that if the Government was unable or unwilling to improve the lives of ex-Service men, he would act on their behalf, and this led to the formation of the British Legion.
After Royal status was granted to the British Legion in 1971, membership was extended to serving members of Her Majesty's Forces, as well as ex-Servcie personnel, and nowadays men and women of all ages can join, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.
To celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion we have acquired a photograph taken in 1964 of the presentation of certificates to members of the Worsdsley Branch of the British Legion Women's Section, as a mark of esteem and appreciation of their fund raising efforts.