British troops were deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland on the 14 August 1969. The military campaign was codenamed OP BANNER. Over 300,000 service personnel that were deployed into Northern Ireland over the subsequent 38 years were awarded the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland). In total, 1,441 Armed Forces personnel died as a result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary action in other countries. The UK Armed Forces’ deployment in Northern Ireland is the longest continuous operation in British military history.
The Royal British Legion will mark the 50th anniversary of the deployment on operations in Northern Ireland with a commemorative event on 14 August 2019. The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum
Recipients of the General Service Medal (Northern Ireland) and those who served in a civilian service in support of Operation Banner are eligible to apply to attend the event.
Two representatives from families of British Armed Forces personnel killed as a result of operations in Northern Ireland or paramilitary actions in other countries will be eligible and welcome to register their interest in attending the event.