Following the horrors of World War I returned Canadian Veterans found themselves largely without an organization specifically concerned with the health and social problems associated with their wartime service. By 1925, particularly in larger cities groups of Veterans and Regimental Associations were working to help those comrades who were still suffering. But because of their smaller fragmented nature their efforts couldn't meet the need. These early groups wanted not only better treatment for those still suffering, but an umbrella group open to all who had served. This nucleus of concerned individuals came together in 1926 to form, "The Canadian Legion of the British Empire Services League". This name later became simply "The Royal Canadian Legion".
Originally their purpose was to help Veteran's and their families, advocate for pensions, promote Remembrance of the Fallen and advise the Government on Veteran's issues. These activities continue even today. However, today the purposes of the Legion have expanded until the Legion is now a leading Community service organization where ever a Branch is located. Today hospitals, schools, seniors, medical research groups, local sports activities and educational bursaries all share in Legion funding.
Dorchester, being a relatively small village only formed a sufficient body of Veterans to establish a Legion following World War II. In 1950 a Charter was applied for and Donnybrook Branch 513 came into existence with an army veteran, Harold Lewis as President. Like the Royal Canadian Legion it only adopted its current name, Donnybrook, following a move from its original location on Queen Street in Dorchester to its present location on Donnybrook Drive.
Legions now form the largest Community Service body in Canada. And have transitioned from veterans only membership to acceptance of anyone of federal voting age who support the aims and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion. Donnybrook is proud to be a part of that group working for both Veterans and Community.