THREE key members of the Ellesmere Port branch have been expelled from the Royal British Legion (RBL) following an internal investigation.
But the branch president has been restored to her role as a result of the probe.
One of those expelled plans to appeal against the decision while the other two intend to take the matter no further.
Last July, four branch committee members were suspended from their duties after a routine internal audit highlighted what an RBL county official described as 'a number of areas requiring further investigation'.
They were branch chairman George Statham, secretary Yvonne Innes, treasurer Brian Sharps and president Brenda Hanningan. Last week, RBL county field officer Jeff Harrison revealed the investigation was now complete.
Mrs Hanningan had her suspension backdated to July, which means she is now restored to the branch presidency and job of Poppy Appeal organiser.
The three others under investigation have been expelled from the legion. They now have 28 days in which to appeal the decision.
Mr Harrison said: 'No further action is planned by the legion and, to my knowledge, by anyone else.'
He said the actual details of the investigation would remain confidential.
Mr Harrison went on: 'This has been a very difficult time for all concerned - those involved, the club, the community and myself as I have known them all for a long time.
'We now look forward to putting all this behind us and I hope the community continues to support the RBL Poppy Appeal and the ex-service community.'
Mr Statham, who has been closely involved in the Stanney Lane-based branch and its associated club for many years, said he preferred to make no comment as he was lodging an appeal.
Ms Innes, who will not appeal, said: 'Even if I had been reinstated, I would not have renewed my legion membership because I am so disgusted.'
Mr Sharps said he did not intend to appeal and made no comment.