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The British Legion

From The Great War 1914-1918

The British Legion: The Central Association in which most of the Officers' and Men's ex-Service combinations are now merged. It works in co-operation with the British Empire Services League and the Inter-Allied Federation of ex-Service men, and was formed in 1920 to relieve distress among ex-Service men, help them to get work, ensure provision for widows and orphans, and to obtain increased pension allowances etc. The Benevolent Department distributed £289,712 in 1923. At the time, The British Legion had branches throughout the Empire, upwards of 2,488, and was affiliated to over fifty Regimental Associations. Earl Haig was the President and the Prince of Wales was Patron. [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.36.

Glossary of words and phrases

The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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