The Royal British Legion, nationally, was founded in 1920, after the First World War to offer support and companionship for ex-servicemen where the state could not, or would not, help the wounded, disabled, shell-shocked or simply lost souls who craved the companionship with like-minded men of action who had been through much together. In the present climate the Legion fights on veterans' behalf for pension and welfare rights and raises funds through the Poppy Appeal to provide rehabilitation, rest and recreational facilities, help with retraining and moral and financial support all over the country.
The same spirit of help and community service is still alive today with a number of initiatives such as "Honour the Covenant". The Gresford Royal British Legion Club was founded in the late 40s by ex-servicemen in the village of Gresford, Marford and Hoseley. The buildings were purchased from the Ministry of Defence in Wrexham and erected by the original members on Gresford Trust land to provide a centre for recreation and social companionship as well as acting as a centre for charitable works funded by the Poppy Appeal and local fundraising. The same principles apply today.
For more information, please see the The Gresford Royal British Legion website or contact 01978 853568.