War Medal 1939-1945

The War Medal 1939-1945 was established on August 16th 1945 and was awarded to all personnel of the armed forces of the British Commonwealth (excluding the Home Guard) and Merchant Navies for having served at least 28 days, operational or non-operational, between September 3rd 1939 and September 2nd 1945. For members of the Merchant Navy the 28 days had to be served at sea.
The medal was granted in addition to the other campaign stars and the Defence Medal. A few categories of civilians, such as war correspondents and civil air transport crews also qualified.
A single oak leaf emblem is worn to signify a "Mention-in-Despatches" and the silver oak leaf signifying a "King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct" is worn on the medal. There are no bars or clasps other than these emblems.
The circular medal is made of cupro-nickel, except the Canadian issue, which is silver, It is 1.42 inches in diameter. The obverse shows the crowned coinage effigy of King George VI, facing left, and the legend GEORGIVS VI D : BR : OMN : REX ET INDIAE IMP :. The reverse of the medal shows a lion standing on the body of a dragon. This dragon is double-headed, one of an eagle and one of a dragon to signify the principal occidental and oriental enemies. At the top are the dates 1939/1945.
The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide and red, white and blue with a narrow red stripe in the centre with a narrow white stripe on either side, broad red stripes at either edge with two intervening stripes of blue.
The medal was issued unnamed, except those awarded to personnel of the Canadian Merchant Navy and RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), and the Australian and South-African issues, which were named on the rim.
A total of 700,000 awards were issued, including 4,450 to the Canadian Merchant Navy.

Adair, Hugh* August 24th, 1923
† October 27th, 2013

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Abel-Smith, Henry* March 8th, 1900
† January 24th, 1993

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Adair, Allan Henry Shafto* November 3rd, 1897
† August 4th, 1988

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Adair, Hugh* August 24th, 1923
† October 27th, 2013

Adams, Ronald George Hinings* December 31st, 1896
† March 28th, 1979

Addison, Robert Ramsay* September 28th, 1909
† April 29th, 1996

Aduckiewicz, Marian* August 2nd, 1917
† November 21st, 2005

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Aertsen, Servaas Klaas* January 26th, 1922

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Agansing, Rai* April 24th, 1920
† May 27th, 2000

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Alcock, John "Jack"* 1918
† 1997

Alexander, Lincoln MacCauley* January 21st, 1922
† October 19th, 2012

Allard, Jean Victor* June 12th, 1913
† April 23rd, 1996

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Allen, Robert Swinton* July 24th, 1914
† 1982

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Allmand, Michael* August 22nd, 1923
† June 24th, 1944
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Ambrus, Jan Rozkazom* May 19th, 1899
† January 21st, 1994

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Amerasekera, Ekanayake Edward Rohan* May 21st, 1916
† March 20th, 1974

Anders, Wladyslaw Albert* August 11th, 1892
† May 12th, 1970

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Anderson, Alan Ford* November 21st, 1910
† December 19th, 2002

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Anderson, Charles Groves Wright* February 12th, 1897
† November 11th, 1988

Anderson, Eric* September 15th, 1915
† April 6th, 1943
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Anderson, Hugh Henry* February 27th, 1921
† April 11th, 1945
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Anderson, Jim† February 7th, 2019

Anderson, Robert Thomas* December 30th, 1919
† October 5th, 2001

Anderson, William Maurice Eyre "Bill"* August 31st, 1908
† December 13th, 1986

Andersz, Tadeusz* October 27th, 1918
† October 29th, 2007

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Andrewartha, Charles Donald "Andy"* April 15th, 1916
† September 6th, 1973

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Andrews, George Edward† November 9th, 1942
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Annand, Richard Wallace* November 5th, 1914
† December 24th, 2004

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Antoni, Jean Louis Hubert Antoine* May 25th, 1896
† November 6th, 1982

Antonowicz Andrault de Buy, Graf ,Mikolaj* January 15th, 1915
† April 3rd, 2000

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Appleford, Joseph Ernest* January 11th, 1917

Archer, Bertram Stuart Trevelyan* February 3rd, 1915
† May 2nd, 2015

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Ardagh, Patrick Augustine* August 30th, 1891
† April 6th, 1944
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Arkel, van, Jan* August 27th, 1919
† February 23rd, 2011

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Armitage, Robert Selby* March 28th, 1910
† June 1st, 1982

Armstrong, Donald Richard Neville* July 19th, 1907
† 1967

Armstrong, Frederick Finlay* 1918
† November 4th, 1997

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Arnfield, Stanley John* October 3rd, 1913
† September 24th, 1954

Arthur, Wilfred Stanley* December 7th, 1919
† December 23rd, 2000

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Artymiuk, Kazimierz* August 28th, 1920
† March 13th, 1984

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Ashurst, Norman* November 24th, 1920

Ashworth, Arthur* May 3rd, 1920
† February 19th, 1994

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Atkins, Eric Granville* March 19th, 1921

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Auchterlonie, James Laurence* December 7th, 1924
† April 13th, 1945
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