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History of the Harrogate 'Victory' Branch

The Harrogate Branch was inaugurated 19th July 1943.

Late 1942 and early 1943 saw the North Africa campaign achieve notable victories, culminating with the surrender of all Axis troops in Tunisia during May 1943. In a personal message to 8th Army troops, General Montgomery had used the phrase 'Forward to Victory' and it was thought appropriate, when the Branch was formed, that this forward looking hope should be reflected in the title of a local organisation which would support ex-Service men and their dependants in need.

Colonel H L Anderton was elected as the first Branch President and the Branch headquarters were initially at 4 Station Parade.

In 1983 a rundown club was purchased and refurbished as a social club, however this was not totally successful and the premises were sold at the end of 1987.

The branch has had a chequered career over the years, with membership at one time numbering only a handful. Current membership is now 120 and although having no social facilities the Branch meets once a month in a local social club.