About BCEL

What is the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League?

The British Commonwealth Ex-Services League was founded in 1921 by Field Marshal Earl Haig and General Smuts. The inaugural Conference in Capetown was attended by seven founder members from ex-service associations of the ‘Old Commonwealth’ countries.

The League’s aim, as defined then is: “By charitable means to seek to ensure that no Commonwealth ex-serviceman or woman shall be without help if in need.”

This aim remains the main purpose of the League today.