Essentially a product of the Great War, the legion emerged from amalgamation of rival voluntary societies in 1921 as a non‐party association of ex‐servicemen. Disbursements to alleviate distress (sickness, unemployment), employment offices and schemes, disabled retraining, and increasing preoccupation with pensions followed. Poppy Day (derived from the emblem of Flanders's fields) started cautiously in 1921, to become the best known of appeals. A royal charter came in 1925, then royal patronage.
Subjects: British History — Warfare and Defence.