Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by dbf, Dec 16, 2013.
when did she join the WAaF as May be entitled to the defence medal
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.
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
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
A very nice group
and very nicely presented.
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.
Separate names with a comma.