I also spent a lot of time at the National Archives without much success. You can find details of awards made to Military personnel but not to civilians who aided evaders etc. Finally I had success when I made an FOI request to the Cabinet Office who hold the lists of recipients by country. I was able to obtain copies of these lists for the countries that I was interested in (Netherlands and Belgium) but they have consistently refused (under Section 23) to provide details of the citations. I have appealed this decision to the Information Commissioner but sadly it is a blanket ban and no matter how rediculous it may appear they will not budge. John Its absolutely appalling - if not worse! We have a basic right to any information about our own family. However beauracracy multiplied by FOI exemptions has created an inpenetrable barrier which petty minded officials hide behind, time and time again. Our families fought and died in the name of freedom - and these self righteous officials seem to think that they know better, and actually deny us those very freedoms - otherwise they would willingly volunteer us the information that we are entitled to!