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Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy sculpture unveiled in Shropshire

The Royal British Legion’s Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church unveiled a collaborative art sculpture to mark the First World War Centenary this week.

The Churchwardens of St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury welcomed the public to witness the unveiling of Shropshire’s sculpture to remember all from the county who gave their lives in the Great War.

The Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church have been working with two local artists, Lyn Evans and Nik Burns along with Martin Phillips of Heritage Schools, to commemorate this special year.

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Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s charity contributes to a new book to commemorate the heroism and kindness shown to Scottish troops in London during the Great War

Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity, the Royal Caledonian Education Trust, is among ten organisations with long standing links with London, who have contributed to a new book, with a foreword from HRH The Princess Royal, to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018.

The book titled Scots in Great War London, a Community at Home and on the Frontline 1914-1919 highlights the efforts of these organisations during the First World War and will be published in late June. HRH The Princess Royal is the Patron of the Scots In Great War London Group.

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Pre-order our new album ‘Remember’ now!

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that our new album, ‘Remember’, is now available to pre-order on Amazon, due to be released on Friday 29th June 2018!

2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I. Fierce heroism from the troops at the Front was matched by the country’s women who raised children alone, nursed, and worked tirelessly despite the loss of husbands, sons, fathers, brothers and friends.

69 of our choirs from across the UK and abroad have joined together to acknowledge this poignant occasion through a special commemorative project, coming together with musicians from across the three services to create an album like no other, telling the story of ‘then’ (1918) and ‘now’ (2018).

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ANZACs and Gallipoli remembered at touching service

In a touching show of comradeship and remembrance today, representatives from all sides came together to attend the annual ANZAC and Gallipoli Day Service at the Scottish National War Memorial, at Edinburgh Castle, organised by Legion Scotland.

Observed on the 25th of April each year, ANZAC Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

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SSAFA launches campaign to keep the nation’s history alive

Join celebrities in sharing family stories of World War One

This year commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the most significant moments in British history – the end of World War One.

To mark the centenary, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has launched a campaign which calls on the public to help keep the nation’s history alive by sharing their family stories and photos from The Great War.

Celebrities including Antony Cotton, Helen McCrory, Joanna Lumley, Dame Kelly Holmes, Fleur East and Dan Snow have come together to share their stories and photographs in support of the SSAFA campaign.

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The Legion adds its voice to calls to recognise first black Officer

The Royal British Legion is supporting a campaign to posthumously award a Military Cross to Walter Tull, Britain’s first black Army Officer who was killed during the First World War.

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of Tull’s death yesterday, over 120 MPs signed a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Defence asking for the medal be awarded to mark the centenary.

This year, the Legion is leading a national movement to thank all who served and sacrificed during the war, from those who lost their lives to those who played their part on the home front.

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Army V Navy Match Ball Will Go To Gallipoli Ahead of the Big Game

A team of UK Armed Forces Personnel are walking 30km as part of a commemorative tour around the battlefield sites of Gallipoli accompanied by the match ball that will be used in this year’s Army Navy Rugby Match.

Led by the Royal Navy’s Lt Cdr Doc Cox, the team includes British Army colleagues WO2 Adam Finch, Capt Hugo Engelbrecht and Sgt Sid Ney and they will be supported on the day by Capt Roly Jackson. The team will set off at sunrise on Sunday 22nd April from V Beach taking in poignant sites across the region where 58,000 allied soldiers – including 29,000 British and Irish soldiers and 11,000 Australians and New Zealanders – lost their lives.

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Rededication and burial services for first world war soldiers

A burial service will be held in the morning of Tuesday 27 March at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, France for 1 soldier of the first world war.

The remains of a soldier of the Royal Scots were discovered by a team of workmen near to Athiens. Given the location of where the remains were found it is a possibility that this soldier was killed during the Battle of Arras in April 1917. However there are still too many soldiers of the Royal Scots missing from that battle to identify this soldier.

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Dan Snow, WW1 Historian and SSAFA Ambassador’s letter to media

This year, SSAFA the Armed Forces charity will mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

The charity, of which I am a proud Ambassador, was there for our Armed Forces family then and they’re still here for them now.

For over 130 years and through a number of conflicts, SSAFA has shown its commitment to our service men and women, veterans and their families; relieving need, suffering and distress through its network of local branches.

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There But Not There commemorative campaign is launched to mark 100 years since the end of WWI.

Ghostly figures of First World War soldiers or ‘Tommies’, have sprung up all over the UK today, as part of a new fundraising campaign led by former Chief of the General Staff, General The Lord Dannatt and supported by Birdsong novelist, Sebastian Faulks.

Hoping to raise in excess of £15 million for armed forces and mental health charities, including Walking With The Wounded, the six foot high Tommies are part of a nationwide art installation called ‘There But Not There’. The campaign marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and aims to commemorate all those who lost their lives.

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