Centenary of the Royal British Legion - Part 1

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Stamp 1 - First Day Cover This cover features Stamp 1 in our series of 4 commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Royal British Legion.The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A ..

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Stamp 1 Stamp 1 in a series of 4 stamps commemorating the 100th Anniversary of The Royal British Legion. The stamp features part of a wreath of poppies and the RAF spitfire.This single stamp is in a robust gl..

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Description

After the First World War, millions of men returned home but were faced with terrible hardship as Britain struggled with huge economic problems. Many servicemen had suffered horrific injuries, and many families had lost their male family members. Initially the ex-servicemen formed a number of independent organisations to provide support and welfare. 

The creation of The British Legion can largely be attributed to Field Marshal Earl Haig and Lance Bombardier Tom Lister, who brought together numerous ex-servicemen's organisations as one body. Its aim was to provide care for all those who had suffered as a result of service during the war.

The British Legion received its Royal appellation on 29 May 1971 – the date of its golden anniversary. Membership was extended to serving members of Her Majesty's Forces, as well as to ex-Service personnel, in 1981.

As the country’s largest armed forces charity, The Royal British Legion provides a range of vital support to veterans and their families in debt and emergency situations, as well as recovery and rehabilitation support to currently serving and ex-service personnel who are wounded, injured or sick. The Legion has also recently expanded its service with the introduction of wellbeing courses for veterans.

We are proud to commemorate the centenary of the formation of the Royal British Legion with the release of four stamps, which will be issued during the course of 2021. The first stamp, released on 17 February, depicts part of a poppy wreath, the recognised symbol of Remembrance, and two Supermarine Spitfires.

When joined together, the stamps bear a single wreath of colourful poppies in striking contrast to the black and white images chosen to symbolise the commitment of members of the British Armed Forces.

The fourth and final stamp - along with the souvenir sheet bearing the four stamps and depicting a wreath of poppies - will be issued on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2021.

Specification

Date of Issue 17 February 2021
Designer The Potting Shed
Printer Southern Colour Print
Values £1
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 30.05mm deep x 64mm wide
Paper NovaStamp Non-Phosphor Gummed 105gsm
Perforation 13.575 x 13.125
Cylinder A

Centenary of the Royal British Legion - Part 1