The Ashby Legion has a long history of proudly supporting Veterans

Brief History of Branch 138 Ashby 1972

At the end of the Second World War due to the huge response of men and women that had joined the War effort there were vast numbers returning home to Canada, with our area being no exception.

In Sydney area we had two Royal Canadian Legion Branches, one being Sydney Branch 12 & Whitney Pier Branch 128. At that time they had a very large Membership because there were still many from World War 1 so combined numbers were high.

The Ashby area being no exception, many that came back home as young men. For when many of them went overseas they were still teenagers.

For various reasons, for example already being a member of Branch 12 which was several miles away and they already had many members the young men from Ashby put their heads together and decided to apply for their own Charter and in due time Dominion Command in Ottawa approved their request.

At that time they had no building so they moved forwards to acquire such a building. They at first had an old home situated on Ashby Corner which was actually an original family home.

It suited things initially as they now had a place to meet and plan for the future home building of Ashby Legion. They soon acquired a lot on the corner State and Duke Streets which is now the present day parking lot. Eventually the lot next door was purchased due to the fact Membership was growing and this necessitated the need to expand and build. Another building was then erected which is today the present day facility of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 138 Ashby.

The first President of Ashby Branch 138 was Vincent Morrison who eventually went on to be a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada many more followed. Interestingly in time the sons of original Presidents followed their father's to that position and in their honor continued the Legacy of performing the necessary duties of The Royal Canadian Legion.