WW2 Medal racks

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  1. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    when did she join the WAaF as May be entitled to the defence medal
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Medals: campaigns, descriptions and eligibility

    The Defence Medal is awarded for non-operational service such as those service personnel working in headquarters, on training bases and airfields and members of the Home Guard. The medal is also awarded for non-operational service overseas for example in India or South Africa.
    To apply for the Defence Medal, you must have either:
    1080 days (3 years) service in the UK between 3 Sep 1939 and 8 May 1945
    1080 days (3 years) service in the Home Guard between 14 May 1940 and 31 Dec 1944 (you will also need to fill out and send the Home Guard service questionnaire)
    360 days (1 year) non operational service overseas between 3 Sep 1939 and 2 Sep 1945
    180 days non operational service in an overseas area deemed to be closely threatened or subject to air attack between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945
    The colours of the ribbon symbolise enemy attacks on Britain’s ‘green and pleasant land’ and the black out.

  3. pierce09

    pierce09 Member

    I’ll need to confirm when I check my grandmother’s service records as I’ve got the following dates written down and I was sure she didn’t qualify.
    Attested 21 Oct 1942
    Discharged 23 Oct 1945
  4. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    If she had joined prior to May 42 she would qualify as U.K. service ended 8th May 45 so had to join 8th May 42 to get 3 yrs service
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    redtop Well-Known Member


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  6. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    A very nice group
  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    and very nicely presented.
  8. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Rifleman George James Whitmarsh, 13 Platoon, 8th Rifle Brigade (11th Armoured Division). George Whitmarsh was enlisted in 1941, to join the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. In June 1944 he was photographed with K.R.R.C. as part of 9th Armoured division in England. A few weeks later, in July 1944 he was transferred to France to see active service as a reinforcement to 13 (scout) Platoon, H Company, 8th Rifle Brigade, 11th Armoured division. On September 24th 1944 he was wounded in Deurne, Holland and saw no further active service.

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  9. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    His service records arrived a couple of weeks ago :cheers: and, yes, there it is as you and James said it would be. Very happy and I have indeed bought an original to fill the gap.


    I should put his records up on here actually.
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  10. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Not a relative but the first set of medals that i collected awarded to Sepoy Alam Zeb, 12th Frontier Force regiment. Pakistan independence medal alongside the British ones.

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  11. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Dads Medals, now with his Grandson.

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  12. mark abbott

    mark abbott Junior Member

    294673 W.O.1 Vincent Ronald Sutcliffe Life Guards. He joined the regiment on 11 November 1927 and served until 17 January 1953. As far as I can establish, he served with the 1st Household Cavalry Regiment in Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Syria, The Western Desert, Italy and North West Europe during WW2. Following the reforming of the Life Guards in late 1945, he served in Palestine for a second time.

    He served as Superintending Clerk Household Cavalry between October 1948 and January 1953. On 15 August 1954, he reenlisted in the Territorial Army (RASC) for a further 4 years.

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