The Royal British Legion 

Lyon Liberation Branch BR 3477 



The Lyon Liberation Branch was founded in September 1994 on the 50th anniversary of the official liberation of the city.

Anthony Brooks DSO MC had led the Special Operations Executive PIMENTO circuit from Lyon and organised the first Anglo-American action in the city centre, the day before the French army entered, on 3 September 1945.

The Branch covers both the Rhone-Alpes and Bourgogne Regions with activities and members from North of Dijon to Valence in the South and from the edge of the Auvergne to the Swiss border.

The principal activities of the Branch are:

Support - The Branch supports ex-service men and women and their families with friendship and assistance.

Fundraising - Members and friends continue to raise generous sums for the Poppy Appeal.

Remembrance - Officers and Members regularly attend ceremonies including those at the two major Commonwealth War Graves sites in Lyon, participate in ceremonies on Resistance Day, the Liberation of Lyon parade and ceremonies on 11 November.  Additionally, the Branch is involved in events at the Special Air Service Brigade memorial and various ceremonies related to special forces actions in World War II.  Members also pay annual visits to isolated Commonwealth War Graves to place a poppy cross.

Comradeship - Social events are held during the year in Lyon and in countryside locations throughout the area.

The Branch works closely with the R.A.F.A in Lyon and with the Swiss Branch of the Royal British Legion, in Geneva.
If you would like to support the Branch as a Member, or otherwise, please contact one of the below:

Chairman Simon Wesley - Secretary Mary Vince

Contact: LyonLiberation.Secretary@RBL.Community

Registered office : RBL Lyon Liberation Branch, Maison du Combattant de la Libération, 7 rue St. Polycarpe 69001 LYON. Branch number BR3477 Registered Charity Number 219279 Préfecture du Rhône : Numéro de l’Association : 0691078651