The War Medal 1939 - 1945

Awarded to those who served in the Armed Forces or Merchant Navy full-time for at least 28 days

between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 Awarded for meritorious service

which warranted such a mark of Royal appreciation

War Medal 1939 - 1945
Terms:


The War Medal 1939–1945 was a British decoration awarded to those who had served in the

Armed Forces or Merchant Navy full-time for at least 28 days between

3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945.

In the Merchant Navy, the 28 days must have been served at sea.

It is sometimes described as the "Victory Medal" for World War II, although that is not its correct name.


Medal:


A circular silver (.800 fine) medal, 36mm in diameter. The British issue medals were made of cupro-nickel.


Obverse:

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

GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX ET INDIAE:IMP:


Reverse:

The reverse shows a lion standing on the body of a double-headed dragon. The dragon's heads are those of an eagle and a dragon

to signify the principal occidental and oriental enemies. At the top, just right of centre are the dates 1939/1945 in two lines.


Clasps:


A single bronze oak leaf emblem is worn to signify a Mention in Despatches and a silver oak leaf is worn to signify an award

of a King's Commendation for Brave Conduct. There is no bar other than these emblems



Mounting:


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


Ribbon:


The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide and consists of 7 coloured stripes.

Red, dark blue, white, narrow red (centre), white, dark blue, and red, representing the colours of the Union Jack.


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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