Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League

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Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League
FoundersEarl Haig,
Jan Smuts
TypeEx-service organisation
Registration no.231322
Legal statusCharity
HeadquartersBorough High Street
London, SE1
United Kingdom
Region served
Official language
Elizabeth II
Grand President
Lord Richards of Herstmonceux
Deputy Grand President
Major General Mitch Mitchell, CB, MBE
Secretary General
Christopher Warren
Formerly called
British Empire Service League

The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) represents the interests of Commonwealth citizens who have served with either the British or Commonwealth Forces. It was founded in 1921 (as the British Empire Service League) by Field Marshals Earl Haig and Jan Smuts to link together the various ex-service organisations throughout the Commonwealth.[1]


The archives of the League are retained at its headquarters in London (UK). The papers include minutes of the Council from 1952 onwards and those of the Executive Committee; reports of the Triennial Conference since 1921; annual audited accounts; and subject and correspondence files referring to individual ex-servicemen's organisations in various countries. A full set of the magazine Our Empire is also available. Special permission is required for access to the papers and further enquiries should be addressed to the Secretary-General.[2]

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  1. ^ Cook 2006, p. 244.
  2. ^ Cook 2006, p. 244.


  • Cook, Chris, ed. (2006). The Routledge Guide to British Political Archives: Sources Since 1945. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-32740-4.

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