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
Daniels, Thomas John   
Darch, John Henry   
Dauncey, Michael Donald Keen11-05-1920  
Davies, Bert17-05-191014-07-1980 
Davies, George Samuel Henry00-07-191400-00-1974more 
Davies, Robert   
Davis, Keith Edward   
Dean, Donald Frederick Edgar Charles23-06-1917 more 
Dearman, H.A.S.   
Debuf, Victor14-11-1923 more 
Deere, Alan Christopher12-12-191721-09-1995more 
Deimel, Witold Aleksander19-11-191603-01-2009 
Demers, Eugene Joseph  more 
Demozay, Jean-Francois "Morlaix"21-03-191519-12-1945more 
Dennis, Kevin John05-09-1924  
Dent, Bruce Ingham14-11-192125-03-1944 
Denton, Frank Henderson23-04-1917  
Derrick, Thomas Currie20-03-191423-05-1945more 
Dew, Roy Sidney  more 
Dewhurst, Ronald Hugh10-10-190529-01-1990more 
Dicks, Walter06-12-190913-04-1967 
Dieu, Giovanni Ernest Fernand12-08-190726-10-1978more 
Dingwall, Herbert George   
Dinwoodie, Hubert24-03-189628-08-1968more 
Dobson, Richard Iver12-12-1906 more 
Doe, Robert Francis Thomas10-03-192021-02-2010more 
Dolezal, Frantisek14-09-190904-10-1945more 
Donaghy, Peter Vincent   
Donald, Haddon Vivian20-03-1917 more 
Donaldson, Arthur Hay09-01-191505-10-1980more 
Donaldson, Edward "Teddy" Mortlock12-02-191202-06-1992more 
Donaldson, Oliver Russell   
Doohan, James Montgomery "Jimmy"03-03-192020-06-2005 
Dotan, Moshe   
Double, Eric Colin   
Doughty, Neville Anthony Richard05-04-191912-11-2002 
Douglas, William Anderson00-01-192100-01-1977more 
Douglas, William Sholto23-12-189329-10-1969more 
Dove, George Frederick00-00-192100-10-2005 
Downes, Gerardo Edward Southwell   
Downes, Peter Bain   
Drake, Ernest Albert James09-04-191500-00-1996more 
Drury, Robert Esmond Hill16-09-191000-05-1988more 
Du Monceau De Bergendael, Count Yvan Georges A.F.01-12-191509-11-1984more 
Duane, John 17-01-2012 
Duda, Josef09-08-191507-12-1977more 
Duff, Stanley Sutherland09-08-1920 more 
Duffee, George William Henry   
Duigan, Brian Lawless15-11-191400-00-1972more 
Duke, Neville Frederick11-01-192207-04-2007more 
Duke-Woolley, Raymond Myles Beecham "The Dook"16-10-191610-10-1991more 
Dunbar, Robert10-06-191921-11-1984 
Dunbar-Nasmith, Martin Eric01-04-188329-06-1965more 
Dunlop, Ernest Edward "Weary"12-07-190702-07-1993more 
Dunn, Joseph00-00-191400-03-2002 
Dunning, Gordon Braham   
Dutton, Harry07-07-1912  
Dzialak, Jan  more