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Royal British Legion - Burwash Branch


Officers for the year 1st October 2009 to 31st September 2010

President: Mr E F M Le-Besque TD

Chairman: Sir Frank Sanderson Bt OBE

Service Secretary: Mr E F M Le-Besque TD

Standard Bearer: Mr G G Lucas

Poppy Organiser: Mr P Stevenson

Hon. Treasurer: Lady Sanderson

Hon. Secretary: Mr T J Milling   

Yew Tree House

High Street



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The Burwash Branch of the Royal British Legion has around 60 members and concentrates on the annual Poppy collection, the Remembrance Sunday service in the Parish Church and supporting the Legion in their works to assist Ex-Servicemen, especially in this time of war. 

The Branch also organises biennial pilgrimages to the graves and memorials of Burwash men in France and Flanders. The next pilgrimage will be to the 1918 battlefields north of St. Quentin and will probably take place in May 2011.

Although very interested in the High Street memorial, this is owned by the Parish Council.  The lantern in the top of the memorial is lit on the anniversary of the death of each Burwash (including Burwash Common and Burwash Weald) man or woman listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register.

Quarterly meetings and an AGM in early October are held, usually in the Rose and Crown pub and notices of these meetings should be on the Legion notice board outside Jarvis the butchers in the High Street, if it has not been vandalised.

The Burwash Roll of Honour was prepared for the Parish Council by a member of the Branch and contains the names of 135 Burwash dead from the Great War and 29 dead from the Second World War plus 2 officially listed Civilian War Dead. For a village of no more than 3,000 inhabitants, this was a truly terrible loss.  500 Burwash men enlisted in the Great War and 37% died.

All are welcome to become members of the Branch, the only requirement is that you support the aims of the Legion in their vital work in assisting Ex-Service men and women and their families and furthering Remembrance of those who served in the past.

Roll of Honour

War Memorial Dates of Death

All Who Served

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