The Royal British Legion Standard

Greater Manchester


Welcome to The Royal British Legion in Greater Manchester

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 click here to find out how you can join.




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 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 to release in time for the big 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in May next year. This of course means I have very limited time in which to get this together.

It is a real passion of mine to complete this as I have been a long term supporter of the Royal British Legion. I plan to donate a percentage of every book sold to the R.B.L as a further way of saying thanks to all involved.

I am asking, if possible, for your assistance in finding surviving members from WW2. I am looking for veterans with interesting stories to feature in my book, which will help highlight the veterans and what they did for us. If you have any Members who would be happy for me to interview then please do direct them to me (contact details below).

As an obvious start I am covering my local North West region as I can get out to branches and people easier and quicker.

If you want to call me to discuss anything in regards to any of this please feel free to do so anytime. Thanking you in advance for any time and help you can give.

Gary Bridson-Daley
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.


 20130123 The Mad Game Final Cover Kindle Version Large

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 book trailer:

Amazon booksite:


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.


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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:

Sunday 20th July 2014 - Annual County Church Service in Salford Cathedral.

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Re enacting the march of the Todmorden detachment of the Lancs fusiliers taken 6th August 1914.

Event organised by Todmorden RBL to mark the 100yrs anniversary of WW1.

The original march was to HQ at Rochdale and along with the Middleton det. went to Gallipoli. Volunteers for the march will be in period uniform, taking the correct drill instruction for the time. Looking for support with attendance of men from the Rochdale and Middleton areas. On the build up to this event the branch are holding a presentation night on the history of the 1/6 Lancs Fusiliers in 1914 given by Martin Purdy author of the newly printed "Gallipoli oak" and will also be a signing up night for volunteers on Weds 7th August 2013 at the Todmorden RBL club 19.30 hrs. All welcome. 


Sunday 12th October 2014 - Parade in support of the rededication of two statues the shield of honour and lamp of memory (created by Gilbert Bayes in 1921).

Event organised by Todmorden RBL to mark the 100yrs anniversary of WW1.

Parade consists of the RBL pipe and drum band leading the march from the old drill hall followed by standards from units past and present RBL branches, representation from the Duke of Lancs, Fusiliers and Yorks Regiment and veterans. VIPs will be invited to the civic dinner at the Town Hall – everyone else is invited to the Legion for lunch (provided). More info and invites will be sent out soon. 




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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To find out who to contact in your area please see the list of Branches on our branch information page.

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 for details of our national initiatives.