The Defence Medal(Canada)

The medal was awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between


03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945

Defence Medal
Terms:


The medal was awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between

03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945



Medal:


A circular, silver (.800 fine) medal, 1.42 inches in diameter.

The British issue medals were made of cupro-nickel.

Obverse:

The obverse shows the bareheaded coinage effigy of King George VI, facing left, and the legend:

GEORGIVS VI D: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:

Reverse:

On the reverse, the Royal Crown rests on the stump of an oak tree, flanked by a lion and a lioness. At the top left is the date 1939,

and at the top right, the date 1945. In exergue, though not ruled off, is the wording: THE DEFENCE/MEDAL.


Clasps:


none


Mounting:


A plain, straight, non-swivelling suspender with a single-toe claw.


Ribbon:


The light green ribbon is 1¼ inches wide with a central stripe of orange (0.5 inches wide) and a narrow black stripe

in the middle of each green stripe.

The orange (flame colour) represents the enemy attacks on the green land of England and the black represents the black-outs.



Awarded to:


Please note that the above is only a summary outline of the conditions that apply to this medal.

Additional information and a list of qualifying areas of service are available

from the Honours and Awards Section, Veterans Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P4.
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