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Every Man Remembered

The Royal British Legion is working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to keep alive the memory of those who fell in the First World War, for future generations. We would like every single man and woman from across the Commonwealth who fell to be individually commemorated by those alive today. This is your chance to take part in a truly historic and incredibly significant act of Remembrance.

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Remember the fallen

Once you have made your decision on who you wish to remember, you can then commemorate them with a personal dedication and if you make a donation to The Royal British Legion, you will receive a special commemorative certificate.

Each person can be remembered more than once but we encourage you to choose those that have not yet been remembered. This will help us to achieve our aim of remembering every single man and woman who sacrificed their lives in this conflict.

Their name liveth for evermore

Our information on casualties from the First World War has been supplied by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). It was established by Royal Charter in 1917 and maintains the graves and memorials of the 1.7 million Commonwealth Service men and women who died during both world wars at 23,000 locations in 153 countries. Visit www.cwgc.org for more information.

Our inspiration

When Gemma from the West Midlands visited the CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium with her local Explorer Scout Unit, she wrote to us: 
"I know that not everyone can be remembered as individuals, but I felt it was a shame for some people to have dozens of poppies and crosses while others had no one left to remember them."

Every Woman Remembered

We are calling this initiative Every Man Remembered, but it also incorporates Every Woman Remembered as there are over 800 women in the records of the CWGC who died in the First World War.

During the First World War the massive conscription of men meant that more women were needed to work, especially in previously male-dominated roles. The number of women employed increased from 3,224,600 in July 1914 to 4,814,600 in January 1918, an increase of over 1.5 million.

Information about Every Man Remembered in Welsh.

BBC Historian Dan Snow tells us why Every Man Remembered is so important this Centenary year.

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Legion Then & Now - Our Welfare Work

Disability, homelessness, bereaved and desperate families, poverty – these were typical issues in Britain after the First World War. Today, The Royal British Legion resolves similar issues – providing practical and immediate support to injured veterans and bereaved families, helping people into jobs, into homes and offering them hope for the future.

The Legion is committed to helping those who serve with the British Armed Forces today as well as those who have served in the past, now and for as long as they need us, whether that is for a few weeks or for many years. In Scotland this work is carried out by our partner charity Poppyscotland.

Employment

A lack of demobilisation planning from the Government led to thousands returning from WW1 without jobs and with no welfare, one of many reasons why the Legion was founded. Today, a new generation of Service person is facing the prospect of returning to civilian life as reductions in defence personnel numbers take effect. Our ‘Civvy Street’ service helps those leaving Service to get back into work, our ‘Be the Boss’ scheme provides assistance to those wanting to set up their own business and the Sorted website provides a portal to employment opportunities.

Families

Little or no support was given to the 6 million families who were impacted by the First World War. And with high levels of unemployment, this led to poverty and family hardship. Today the Legion still helps the families and dependents of those who have served. From finding a home, paying for a new fridge or sending a family on a much-needed holiday, the Legion offers a range of services and activities to help the whole family.

Pension & Compensation

Campaigning for better compensation for widows and those injured in conflict has been the Legion’s work since the beginning and we still provide advice and guidance today. We were instrumental in the Military Covenant being recognised by Government.

Disability

During the First World War new technology such as machine guns, poisonous gas and improved explosives meant many men died from their injuries. But as the war progressed, medical teams became better at saving lives. Thousands of men lost legs or arms, damaged or completely lost their eyesight or injuries that left them in constant pain, changing their lives forever.

In the aftermath of the war, The Royal British Legion was formed to help those affected. One hundred years on, Service men and women are still suffering life-affecting injuries and with today’s advanced medicine many are surviving with multiple loss of limbs and other extensive disabilities.

The Legion provides support to those injured through The Battle Back Centre (Lilleshall), modifications to homes, referral and signposting for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mobility aids, assistance at compensation tribunals and so much more.

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