Defence Medal 1939-1945

The Defence Medal was awarded for service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closey threatened for at least three years service in Great Britain until 8th May 1945 or one year in territories overseas until 2 September 1945. In the case of mine and bomb disposal units the time qualification was three months and Canadians serving for one year in Newfoundland were eligible and persons serving for six months in Hong Kong were also eligible. Service in West Africa, Palestine and India, other than operational air crew, qualified also for this award. Those awarded the George Cross or the George Medal for civil defence received this award and the Home Guard also qualified for this award.

Owing to the terms of reference it was not unusual to find a person with this award who had never heard a shot fired, but a person with only the Defence Medal, for example, whilst serving in the rescue services in London earned also this award and only the man who wears this award knows why it was earned.

The award has the coinage head of King George VI on the obverse. The reverse shows the Royal Crown resting above a small oak tree and flanked by two heraldic lions. The dates 1939 and 1945 appear in the top left and right respectively on the reverse, whilst beneath are the words THE DEFENCE MEDAL. The Medal is made of a Cupro-Nickel combination. The Canadian versions however, were made of ".800 fine" silver.

The light green ribbon is 1.25 inches wide with a central stripe of orange, which is 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 stripes represents the black-outs.

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

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Lane, William Arthur   
Lang, W.   
Lawrence, Thompson Brook "Tommy"00-04-1879 more 
Laycock, John Ernest   
Layne, Walter Henry "Wally"05-12-1916  
Leah, Emanuel   
Lee, Arnold James Sydney   
Legge, Brian Pauncefoote05-05-1920 more 
Lemberger, Chil Jonkiel   
Lennard, Wilfred Arthur  more 
Levett, Jesse   
Lewin, Charles   
Lewis, William John   
Litchfield, Norman Eric07-04-1914 more 
Little, James Hayward  more 
Lockey, Norman   
Loney, Wesley Glen  more 
Long, Thomas Joseph   
Longton, Denis   
Lovell, Horace Godfrey   
Lynn-Allen, Esmond Harcourt   
Lambert, Herbert Owen Meredith26-06-191226-00-0000 
Lawson, John Kelburne27-11-188619-12-1941more 
Lynes, Peter John00-00-192207-06-1944 
Le Roux, Jacobus Johannes00-00-192029-08-1944more 
Long, Ronald Walter00-00-192016-09-1944more 
Lord, David Samuel Anthony18-10-191319-09-1944more 
Leigh-Mallory, Trafford11-07-189214-11-1944more 
Latutin, Simmon25-07-191630-12-1944 
Leach, Alan25-03-192105-01-1945 
Lassen, Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau22-09-192008-04-1945more 
Liddell, Clive Gerard01-05-188309-09-1956more 
Lakinski, Zygmunt27-01-189224-03-1961more 
Latham, John Macduff09-08-188910-12-1965more 
Lovell, Peter Wilson00-07-192100-03-1966 
Lalbahadur, Thapa01-02-190620-10-1968more 
Leckie, Robert16-04-189031-03-1975more 
Lathbury, Gerald William "Legs"14-07-190616-05-1978more 
Le Patourel, Herbert Wallace20-06-191604-09-1979more 
Lambert, Ronald Truzwell00-00-190411-12-1984more 
Leavesley, Eddie08-10-191900-01-1986 
Lofthouse, Tom23-04-191616-08-1986 
Lokuciewski, Witold01-02-191717-04-1990more 
Lett, John Joseph07-10-192100-00-1991 
Lees, Ronald Beresford27-04-191018-05-1991more 
Lett, Stephen McLeod00-00-190800-00-1992more 
Leadbeater, Worrall Reginald23-08-191325-08-1992 
Langford, Eric Joseph00-00-191300-00-1994 
Leighton, Robert John Braidwood26-08-192200-00-1996 
Learoyd, Roderick Alastair Brook05-02-191324-01-1996more 
Laurie, William08-11-190908-10-1996more 
Lewenhoff, Tadeusz Zbigniew00-00-192000-00-1998more 
Looney, James Proddow27-11-191426-03-1998more 
Lammer, Ritter von, Alfred28-11-190904-10-2000 
LeFebvre, Edmond Raoul Herve Yvon03-11-192020-12-2000more 
Lippe-Biesterfeld, van, Bernhard, L.F.E.J.K.K.29-06-191101-12-2004more 
Le Grice, Edward Glenn10-04-191415-05-2006 
Leith-MacGregor, Robert23-08-191714-11-2008more 
Linzel, Jan (No.10 (Inter-Allied) Commando)18-08-191806-02-2009more 
Loontjens, Antonius "Ton"19-11-192211-11-2010 
Lafont, Henry10-08-192002-12-2011more 
Ligthelm, Willem Adriaan Otto13-11-192222-05-2014more 
Lovell, Derek 02-03-2019more 
Linzel, Jan (LVA, RAF)07-12-191505-05-2019more 

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