Rye British Legion

Rye British Legion have been working on an interesting project to compliment the Rye Roll of Honour work that has already been done on those fallen commemorated on the War Memorial and published on our website.

Much has been written about service men who lost their lives in service, but little seems to have been compiled and recorded on the civilians in Rye that lost their lives in Rye during WW2 and their stories. Each story equally tragic for family and friends, the lasting effects of the bombing can be still seen in the built environment of Rye.

We have tried to give some context to the project by including a timeline of events, both local and nationally, and where possible included the human and social stories that need to be recorded and remembered for future generations.

Please follow the link ‘Rye’s Civilian Casualties of WW2’ to read what has been written so far, this is very much ‘work in progress’ but hopefully now taking shape.

We would very much welcome any contributions from anybody in Rye effected by these events, any corrections, typos, anecdotes, or omissions, gratefully received!

Please do contact me via info@ryebritishlegion.org.uk if you have any contribution that would add to the project.

It is hoped that eventually our website will become the first point of contact for those wishing to research records of Rye’s military history, again, any contributions are welcome.

Work is already underway on a similar page on Rye’s civilian casualties of WW1..

Rye & District Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in the 1920’s and now holds its meetings in the George Hotel in Rye on the second Monday of March, June, September & November (AGM); we also support former members of the former Rye & Northiam Royal Air Force Association along with ladies from the sadly closed Rye & District Women’s Section, with their program of social events and talks on the first Monday of the month – we are working on the program for 2016, we will be posting on line soon as confirmed..

Please note that all of these social meetings will be held in The Rye Club, Market Road at 7.30pm.

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependents. Anyone who has served in the forces for seven days or more is eligible for our help.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist with requests for help and assistance at a local level, for all inquiries please follow the link Help & Support or all the Freephone number – 0808 8028080 –  at any time between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.  Calls from landlines and from most mobile networks will be entirely free of charge.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The Rye British Legion fully support Rye’s civic acts of Remembrance, usually led by the Mayor and Town Council.

Rye British Legion arrange a number of activities for Members including battlefield tours to France, a recent visit to the House of Parliament and Imperial War Museum.

Rye British Legion also maintains a close liaison with other Service organisations in the District, including the Women’s Section, Royal Air Force Association and Rye Sea Cadets as well as acting as a focus for local veterans issues.

For information on how to join the Rye British Legion please follow the link Members of the Royal British Legion

Updated:  18.02.16