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We are here to administer and support the delivery of welfare services and the membership and fundraising activities of the Legion's branches and clubs throughout the Greater Manchester area.  

Membership of The Royal British Legion is available to all adults, not just members or ex-members of the forces and we always welcome new members. Drop into your local branch or www.britishlegion.org.uk/join.


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The National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme in Manchester


As you are no doubt aware, the National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme will take place in Manchester on Friday 1 July to commemorate the bravery and sacrifices of our ancestors 100 years ago.


On behalf of HM Government, as the national custodian of Remembrance, the Royal British Legion would like to invite your Branch to participate by nominating Members to take part in the National Parade through the City of Manchester.


Please note that the National Parade will be a 1 mile in length, led by representatives from the three Services, followed by TRBL Branch Standard Bearers. Further information regarding timings and arrival arrangements will be sent directly to all nominated parties following confirmation of acceptance.


There is currently no restriction on the number of Members your Branch is permitted to nominate. However, in order to meet our Security requirements, we would be very grateful if you could provide the following information on behalf ofall nominated parties:


a)    Full name and contact address of nominated Member

b)    Date and place of birth of nominated Member

c)    Emergency next of kin telephone number for the nominated Member

d)    A current email address for your nominated Member


Please can you supply these details via email to sommeparade@britishlegion.org.uk 


If you have any queries please contact the Commemorative Events Team on 0203 053 7216 or 0203 053 7015, or via email at sommeparade@britishlegion.org.uk.

The short link to the information about the events in Manchester is www.britishlegion.org.uk/somme100UK and the link for the online registration form for the parade is www.britishlegion.org.uk/somme100parade



Somme commemorations - Salford will remember

Soldiers killed at the battle of The Somme will be remembered in a full weekend of commemorations in  Salford in July – including the world premier of a new, musical tribute. 

Around 650 Salford men – most of them in the Salford Pals battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers - died on the first day of one of Britain’s most brutal battles. 

Civic leaders, school children, musicians and the general public will pay tribute to them as part of the national day of commemoration on Friday July 1 – which was once known as Thiepval Day in Salford. 

Thiepval today hosts the largest British battle memorial in the world, commemorating the 72,195 missing British and Commonwealth men who fell on the Somme battlefield and have no known grave. 

City Mayor Ian Stewart said: “The Somme is remembered as one of the most shocking and tragic battles of World War One. Sixty thousand men died in the first day alone – and the battle raged from July to November, claiming a million lives in total. 

“Everyone in Salford would have been affected by this tragic loss of life and it’s fitting that, 100 years later, we still remember and pay tribute to the brave men who fought on that dreadful day.” 

The day will begin at 7am with a peal of bells at Sacred Trinity Church, the parish church of the Salford Pals, followed by a memorial service in Fire Station Sq. The Royal Fusiliers Regiment will take part in the service in recognition of the fact that many Salford men went to church with their regiment before heading to the front. A second afternoon service will be held at the church at 3.30pm. 

Salford Museum and Art Gallery will be open all day screening the original 1916 record of The Battle of the Somme, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, alongside a small display. Visitors will be able to handle World War One objects from their collection. 

Salford City Council will hold a memorial ceremony at the Civic Centre, Swinton at 11am where two wreaths will be laid - one in memory of all the Salford men who died and one in memory of over 200 council workers who fell in the battle. 

At 1pm pupils from St Ambrose Barlow, Swinton High and Moorside schools will present a concert of specially composed music, developed with Salford University Professor Stephen Davismoon at 1pm at Peel Hall. 

This will be followed by two World War One themed performances from the Honour Choir at the University’s new amphitheatre at their Peel Park campus at 3pm and 5pm. The Honour Choir brought together hundreds of local people to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and has continued to perform since. 

The day will close with a special evening concert at Salford University’s Maxwell Hall featuring the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manchester Chamber choir and soloists. The first half will feature works by UK composers George Butterworth and Cecil Coles who died and Ivor Gurney who was shot and gassed in the Somme battle. 

The second half of the concert will feature the world premier of Professor Davismoon’s God’s Own Caught in No Man’s Land, specially composed for the occasion. It will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

Professor Davismoon said: “My work is an aural memorial to the fallen of the Somme particularly the Salford Pals who experienced terrible losses during the battle. 

“The work sets real people’s experiences of this tragic era of history to music and it also includes the poetry of Salford-born Winifred Letts, which provides a rarely seen perspective of the First World War from the point of view of the women who were left behind in Britain and who also suffered terribly.” 

And on Sunday July 3, the Salford Armed Forces Veterans Network will hold two services – one at St Clement’s Church, Ordsall which houses memorials to those who fell in the Somme and one at the Royal British Legion, Pendleton.
Salford City Council Public Relations 
Tel: 0161 793 3410 
Email: public.relations@salford.gov.uk




Diy Sos

Oldham Somme


The evening will be formal so it is a black tie dinner.

Full venue address is Oldham Event Centre - SportsDirect.com Park, off Hilbre Ave, Royton, , Oldham, Lancashire , OL2 5BL

World War II veteran's stories needed

My name is Gary Bridson-Daley, and I am presently writing a book about World War Two veterans and if possible would really like some help from you.

My book will be featuring veterans from all services and backgrounds in both words and pictures, and the main aim of it is to say a very big thank you for all they did during that conflict to give us the freedom that we still enjoy today. My hope is that I can have it ready for release sometime during this big 70th year of Second World War anniversaries.

It is a real passion of mine to complete this project and capture these precious stories while opportunity still allows, and as a long term supporter of the Royal British Legion I also plan to give a donation to the R.B.L as a further way of saying thanks to all involved after the release of the book.

I am asking, if possible, for your assistance in finding surviving men and women from WW2. Also I am looking for veterans with particularly interesting, different and unique stories to feature in my book, which will help highlight the veterans and what they did for us.

If you know anyone who would be happy to be interviewed then please do direct them to me (contact details below). Also I am missing service veterans from certain services such as Navy Frogmen, Ghurkhas and any veterans from the Medical and Intelligence services.

I am also trying to get in touch with Bill Pickering former SOE operative who I know is still alive, Bill lives in Leigh Green, Manchester, he is 91 years old and still very active, and because of his Special Forces connection he would be a great asset to the book.

I would really like to find and interview Bill, but at present I am having some difficulty trying to contact him.

Can you help me with any of the above?

If you want to call me to discuss anything in regards to any of this please feel free to do so anytime. I am willing to travel wherever a good story takes me. Thanking you in advance for any time and help you can give.

Gary Bridson-Daley
Email: bookoftheveterans@gmail.com
Mobile: 07960 021 492




Chris Cherry was born in London, England, but grew up in Lincolnshire. For ten years he balanced being a teacher in Further Education, an officer in the British Army and a senior league football referee. He is also a passionate motorcyclist. A member of the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists, he travels frequently to the Battlefields of Europe to research his books thoroughly and to meet the families and descendents of soldiers and civilians caught up in the Great War. Amongst other interests, he is also a volunteer rider with the North West Blood Bikes in Manchester. Donations from all of his work will be made to the Royal British Legion in the UK and Poppy Scotland as well as to the Blood Bikes service.

The Mad Game Book Series

Royalties to the Royal British Legion


This series has been written exclusively to benefit the Royal British Legion throughout the centenary commemorations of WWI. All royalties will be donated between 11 November 2013 and 11 November 2018. The promotion and marketing of the novel were agreed with colleagues in Haig House, with local branches requested to take copies for sale at events and collections within this time period. The anticipated revenues for sales would be in excess of £100,000.

If each branch took 50 books, then the revenue would be £625,000 for the Legion. 

To achieve this, the author has undertaken direct sales with branches and some branches have ordered through the dedicated Legion order page…



Copies ordered through this route are (optionally) signed prior to dispatch. Where Legion branches have taken copies, sales have been in excess of 100 copies. For example:


Greater Manchester (nine branches have ordered. Sales of 760)

Hull (two branches, sales of 446)

 For me to talk with each branch takes an enormous amount of time and each conversation starts from scratch. It was anticipated that in return for the donation and effort in developing the novels, that the Legion would undertake this initial promotion and subsequent follow-up messages to encourage branches to order 50 copies.


The book is priced at £140 per 25 copies delivered to the branch. Signed copies retail for £10, earning each branch £4.40 in donation profit. There are three books in the series.

So, I am requesting that the Legion encourages all branches to place an order for the novel series.

Ordering is easy via the web address above or through the publishers over the telephone (0161 434 1248), or by email at admin@trenchpublishing.co.uk


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 book trailer: http://youtu.be/BmNfLfR_2Yk

Amazon booksite: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chris-Cherry/e/B00GJ0BDGK


All the proceeds for both books, which are excellent reading are going to RBL Poppy Appeal and Poppy Scotland.  Please click on the youtube link for an excellent insite to the books.





Northenden Outreach Service 

It’s held in an office within Ashton Rains Estate Agents, 372 Palatine Road

Mon, Weds and Friday 9.30am -12 pm.


Legion open new Outreach Centre in Rochdale Council Offices


Vaughan Kent-Payne, Area Manager for The Royal British Legion in Greater Manchester, said: “We are delighted to launch our outreach service from 1, Riverside which will  bring our work even closer to the Armed Forces community in Rochdale. Having a dedicated Case Officer based at Rochdale Council means we can continue to deliver exceptional standards of advice and support to Serving personnel, veterans and their families – from helping beneficiaries move into affordable accommodation to assisting Forces families with debt management issues, our team in Rochdale is committed to helping those who need us most. We are grateful to Rochdale Council for this opportunity and look forward to working with to deliver our welfare services across Rochdale.”

The team are at Rochdale every Thursday from 10-1pm.


Wythenshawe Forum Concourse Outreach Centre

 Another outreach centre has been set up at Wythenshawe Forum Concourse. 

The team will be there every Wednesday from 1pm - 4pm starting on Wednesday 7th may 2014.


Latest news


Events in 2014:


Christmas Fayre, December 2014

Our annual Christmas Fair takes place this year on Sunday 7th December 2014 at the Home. Please join us for an afternoon of festive cheer and enjoy a live band, entertainment, stalls and more. The event is free to attend and we welcome donations of prizes for our raffle or volunteers to help out on the day. Please contact moc.esuohnothguorb@noyl.inad for more information. 

Broughton Xmas



The image was supplied by courtesy of CAMRA North Manchester'



To celebrate 90 years since the founding of the Royal British Legion, we would like to invite you to our open day, where there will be a variety of stalls and display's, along with people to speak too, on the many services that are available to support Manchester's ex-service personnel!

All are welcome to attend and other services present on the day will include Combat Stress, St Dunstan's & the National Gulf War Veteran's and Families Association (others to be confirmed!).

View our News & Events calendar for more information on what's happening.




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About The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our national initiatives.

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