Rye British Legion

Rye & District Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in the 1920’s and now holds its meetings in March, June, September & November (AGM), please contact us for dates, venue and times.

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; we are also closely linked with 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

In 2020 the pandemic caused us to mark VE and VJ Days virtually, what follows is a record of virtual events taken over a number of days in November 2020.

Rye Virtual Remembrance 2020

In 1922, the then British Legion produced the first Remembrance poppy and wreath and, millions of poppies later, the Royal British Legion is still proudly continuing this important tradition.

Here in Rye, a wide variety of organisations and individuals take part annually in a civic Remembrance ceremony with at its heart the wreath laying.

This allows individuals and organisations to pay their respects to all those of Rye and district who have fallen in the two world wars and all the other campaigns between and since – and the pandemic has not stopped us from doing so this year.

What follows is a video of the images of the build-up of the wreaths and crosses (by day and by night) between November 8 and November 11 2020 in St Mary’s churchyard as well as at the Mary Stanford lifeboat memorial in Rye Harbour, RFC Rye and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – Wreath Laying 2020

Updated:  06.06.22