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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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Adams, Norman Marcus   
Allen, Roland William John   
Allenberg, William Harry  more 
Anderson, F.   
Anderson, Jim 07-02-2019 
Andrews, George Edward 09-11-1942 
Annandale, James   
Antell, Frederick Roy George   
Archer, Ernest Leonard  more 
Armstrong, Roy   
Arnold, Claude Henry   
Arthur, Lawrence   
Ashness, Albert   
Ashraf, Naik Mohammad   
Ardagh, Patrick Augustine30-08-189106-04-1944more 
Anders, Wladyslaw Albert11-08-189212-05-1970more 
Antoni, Jean Louis Hubert Antoine25-05-189606-11-1982 
Adams, Ronald George Hinings31-12-189628-03-1979 
Anderson, Charles Groves Wright12-02-189711-11-1988 
Adair, Allan Henry Shafto03-11-189704-08-1988more 
Ambrus, Jan Rozkazom19-05-189921-01-1994more 
Abel-Smith, Henry08-03-190024-01-1993more 
Armstrong, Donald Richard Neville19-07-190700-00-1967 
Anderson, William Maurice Eyre "Bill"31-08-190813-12-1986 
Addison, Robert Ramsay28-09-190929-04-1996 
Armitage, Robert Selby28-03-191001-06-1982 
Anderson, Alan Ford21-11-191019-12-2002more 
Allard, Jean Victor12-06-191323-04-1996more 
Arnfield, Stanley John03-10-191324-09-1954 
Allen, Robert Swinton24-07-191400-00-1982more 
Annand, Richard Wallace05-11-191424-12-2004more 
Antonowicz Andrault de Buy, Graf ,Mikolaj15-01-191503-04-2000more 
Archer, Bertram Stuart Trevelyan03-02-191502-05-2015more 
Anderson, Eric15-09-191506-04-1943 
Andrewartha, Charles Donald "Andy"15-04-191606-09-1973more 
Amerasekera, Ekanayake Edward Rohan21-05-191620-03-1974 
Andruszko, Michal Stanislaw00-00-191700-00-1987more 
Appleford, Joseph Ernest11-01-1917  
Aduckiewicz, Marian02-08-191721-11-2005more 
Alcock, John "Jack"00-00-191800-00-1997 
Armstrong, Frederick Finlay00-00-191804-11-1997more 
Andersz, Tadeusz27-10-191829-10-2007more 
Arkel, van, Jan27-08-191923-02-2011more 
Arthur, Wilfred Stanley07-12-191923-12-2000more 
Anderson, Robert Thomas30-12-191905-10-2001 
Agansing, Rai24-04-192027-05-2000more 
Ashworth, Arthur03-05-192019-02-1994more 
Artymiuk, Kazimierz28-08-192013-03-1984more 
Ashurst, Norman24-11-1920  
Anderson, Hugh Henry27-02-192111-04-1945 
Atkins, Eric Granville19-03-1921 more 
Alexander, Lincoln MacCauley21-01-192219-10-2012 
Aertsen, Servaas Klaas26-01-1922 more 
Allmand, Michael22-08-192324-06-1944 
Adair, Hugh24-08-192327-10-2013 
Andrew, Solomon Joseph Harold00-00-1924  
Auchterlonie, James Laurence07-12-192413-04-1945 

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