The British Legion in the United Kingdom was founded on 1st July 1921 by the amalgamation of four ex-servicemen's Associations. HRH the Prince of Wales became patron and Earl Haig became chairman.

THE PARIS BRANCH - The very first!

The Royal British Legion 

Paris Branch 


In Paris, meanwhile, there was in existence a Veterans Association which met on 4 May 1921 to consider the formation of a branch of the British Legion. This was agreed and the Branch started to operate in June 1921, a week or two before the official formation of the British Legion in the United Kingdom. The British ambassador, Lord Hardinge of Penhurst and Marshal Foch consented to become Honorary Presidents of the branch and the first chairman was Rear Admiral Sir Edward Heaton-Ellis. At the time there were a considerable number of ex-serviceen in France, many of whom had fallen on hard times financially, and the branch was kept busy dealing with the many problems.

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11th Nov - Notre Dame

4th August -Rekindling the flame

Old & New HQ

50th Anniversary of VE day

A detailed history of the branch from Secretary Janet Warby

Branch History

  Updated 8/01/18