British troops were deployed onto the streets of Northern Ireland on the 14 August 1969, in response to growing sectarian unrest. The military campaign was code named OP BANNER.
Over 300k Service personnel that were deployed into Northern Ireland over the subsequent 38 years. In total, 1,441 UK Armed Forces personnel died as a result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary actions in other countries.
The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces' deployment on operations in Northern Ireland - the longest continuous operation in British Military history.
Recipients of the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) and those in a civil service in support of Operation Banner wishing to attend this service are required to register their interest in attending, using the direction provided by The Royal British Legion, available here. Representatives from families of British Armed Forces personnel killed as a result of operations in Northern Ireland are also invited to register their interest below.
As part of the Op Banner 50 Commemoration, there will be an opportunity for units and Associations with memorials at the Arboretum to host their own activity. Associations intending to take advantage of this opportunity are asked to register their intent with the Arboretum here. Please note that this form will not register your attendance or other people from your Association to the OP Banner Event. You will need to be a GSM (NI) medal holder and register separately using the button below.
For further information about this event, including frequently asked questions, please click here