Royal British Legion  Life Member Badges

Royal British Legion Life Member Badge 1972-1981The Life Membership Badge of the Royal British Legion has evolved in the 79 years since its beginning in the late 1920's when the first British Legion Life Membership Badge was made in Polished Plated Silver at the J.R. Gaunt & Son of London Badge Company.

Various enamel badge manufacturers have had the honour of manufacturing the different types of Life Membership badge over the years.

In this online exhibition of Royal British Legion (RBL) Life Membership Badges the visitor will see how it has evolve from its first appearance  as a purchased life member in a and blue enamel, to a polished plated Silver finish to the awarded membership in polished silver lion's head finish in the 1971 to the current model.

J. R. Gaunt, London/Birmingham - RBL
Premier Badges - RBL

Now days a National Life membership may be awarded to a member who has given at least ten years meritorious and conspicuous service to the objectives of the Legion as defined by the Royal Charter and who holds the Legion Gold Badge. The recipient retains his full rights without payment of subscriptions for the rest of his natural life.

When National Life membership is approved a framed certificate is sent to the member's branch for issue, together with a National Life membership card and badge.


To find out more about the award criteria for a Royal British Legion Life Membership we suggest that you go to the Royal British Legion in North Staffordshire's excellent On-line Museum's Awards Criteria Page


The Royal British Legion

Life Member


1987 Model

Premier Badges

20mm x 28mm