The Thurso Branch of Legion Scotland (also known as the Royal British Legion Scotland), is one of nearly 160 Legion Scotland branches across Scotland in locations from Kirkwall to Dumfries, and the Isle of Bute to Edinburgh. The Branch is run by volunteers who all have a common goal of working towards improving the circumstances of ex-service people across Scotland. Anyone can become a member, not just ex service personnel. Click here to find out more.
When you join the Branch, your membership also entitles you to make use of the Club which includes the many benefits of the excellent facility we have in Thurso and the entertainment and sports that are regularly arranged.
There are many members on the committees that help run and manage the Thurso branch and club, alongside our excellent manager, Donald Sinclair and staff.
In June 1921, Field Marshal Earl Haig formed the Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) as it is now known, by bringing together several charities that had been established to assist those returning from the horrors of the First World War and residing in Scotland.
Around the same time the Royal British Legion, as it is now known, was also formed to assist those returning and living south of the border.
Earl Haig also established two poppy appeal funds. One was organised and delivered by the Royal British Legion in all areas other than Scotland. The second was delivered by the Earl Haig Fund Scotland, now commonly known as Poppyscotland. Whilst the Scottish Poppy Appeal is heavily supported by Legion Scotland with about one third of the annual can collection raised by its members, the appeal is owned by Poppyscotland not Legion Scotland.
The Legion today is just as relevant as it was just under a 100 years ago. When servicemen and women return to civilian life after serving with the Armed Forces some are in need of community and friendship, maybe as a result of their experiences in the services or purely because they are no longer part of the ‘military family’ they had come to rely. We make a difference every day to the lives of those veterans through our comradeship and befriending programme, developing strong communities and supporting remembrance.
Our large family network is spread across Scotland and helps support veterans and their families to get on with their lives and assists those who require assistance.