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Old 27-11-20, 06:50 AM
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Hi Mike

Here they are. These were the names suggested at at the Ex-Servicemen's Conference held in Capetown on 2 March, 1921. I see that it wasn't so much related to a name for the BL but for naming the British Empire Service League.

This was to be to provide: "aftercare for Imperial soldiers" (makes them sound like some household appliances...)

The names were, in order of preference: 1) Comrades of the British Empire 2) ]British Legion of Comrades 3) British Empire Federation of Comrades

Interesting to see the use of "federation" , "legion" and repeat use of "comrades"

Actually not that potty after all but the B.E.S.L. was probably the best!
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Old 27-11-20, 06:54 AM
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An interesting badge , I haven't seen any information about the BL having any branch in New Zealand .

When the BL was 'founded' the NZ Returned Services' Associtaion was already well established.

Also , the British Empire Services League (later the Commonwealth Ex-Services League) was set up to represents the interests of Commonwealth citizens who had served with either the British or Commonwealth Forces , so the BL would have found it difficult to set up overseas.

The badge could possibly be a 'friendship' item as the various groups were all 'afilliated' with each other ?

The attached badge shows that links between various organisations were clearly visible in badge designs.
Hi Mike

Hard to say at this distance in time but there is mention of the British Legion (Auckland branch) in contemporary adverts.
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