Wreath-laying ceremony in Kingswood to mark British Legion’s centenary

From left, Bryan Lloyd, Rev Beverley Charles, Neville Wooding, Gwen Francis & David Aniola

A ceremony was held at Kingswood’s war memorial at Holy Trinity Church today to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the British Legion.

On 15th May 1921 the British Legion was formed, bringing together four national organisations of ex-servicemen who had established themselves to support those who had suffered as a result of service during the First World War, and their dependants.

The ‘Royal‘ was added to the organisation’s title in 1971 on the 50th anniversary.

The short service this morning was led by the Rev Beverley Charles, vicar at Holy Trinity, and attended by representatives of Kingswood & Hanham branch of the Royal British Legion – chairman Neville Wooding, secretary Gwen Francis, committee member David Aniola, and treasurer Brian Lloyd.

The service included the exhortation, a minute’s silence and the Kohima Prayer before the wreath was laid by Mr Lloyd.

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