Posted 28/03/19

British troops 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 and the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) was awarded to 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 result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary actions in other countries. All of their names are listed on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.  The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Download our event FAQs.

Please note that Op Banner 50 will be a closed, accredited event, not open to the general public. See below guidance on registering for those eligible to attend.


If you hold the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland), please contact your relevant Corps, Regimental or Service Association who will need to contact Sarah Davies at the Royal Artillery Association to be added to the list.  You will need to list your First Name, Surname, Company, Service Number and Email.  You can then email these details to  You will not receive a response in all cases and you name will be added to a list.  We are expecting to receive many requests and cannot respond to all of them.  You will hear from the RBL after the deadling of 16th June 2019


Serving personnel are advised to read the event FAQs for details about uniform and duty days.


Please see event FAQs to find out more about attending this event and email if you are interested in attending.

The Legion will work with the appropriate agencies including the MOD and Widows’ associations to enable their attendance.


If you hold the civilian equivalent of the GSM (NI), you should contact your relevant Civilian Service who will issue an invitation directly (see list below):

If your civilian services association does not appear above, please email

For verification purposes your details will be shared with the relevant civilian service and the Civilian Services Contingent. You will be asked to agree to this in our terms and conditions on our accreditation site.


We understand that there may be non-eligible individuals that wish to show their support for the commemoration. Details of how to show your support will be posted here over the coming months.

If you have any further queries, please email

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