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
Fajtl, Frantisek20-08-191204-10-2008more 
Falloon, Hugh Philip07-11-191305-05-1945 
Farmer, John Hind12-01-191729-10-2012more 
Farquhar, Gilbert Blackett   
Farran, Roy Alexander02-01-192101-06-2006more 
Farthing, Wiliam John23-04-1914  
Faulkner, George Vermilyea15-06-190823-03-1955more 
Fearn, Neville  more 
Fejfar, Stanislav25-11-191217-05-1942more 
Feldhaus van Ham, Engelbert J.L.J.M.28-09-191615-05-1995 
Fenwick, Ian 07-08-1944more 
Fermor, Brian Frederick 00-11-1993more 
Fernandez, Leslie Percival00-00-191800-00-2009more 
Fialkowski, Zbigniew Stefan14-11-191018-11-1997more 
Findlay, Walter25-03-192020-07-1944more 
Firth, Charles Leslie21-05-190008-07-1971more 
Firth, John "Jack"17-07-191019-08-2005 
Fish, Leonard  more 
Fisher, Robert Lucius Cary   
Flinterman, Johannes Leonardus "Crazy Flin"02-10-191926-12-1992more 
Flower, Richard Arthur 00-00-1993more 
Fogarty, Francis Joseph16-01-189912-01-1973more 
Forbes, Jacques Jean-Charles "Charly"19-03-192119-05-2010more 
Forbes, Sir, Charles Morton22-11-188028-08-1960more 
Ford, Douglas18-09-191818-12-1943 
Forster, Basil Robert William  more 
Foster, Harry Wickwire02-04-190216-08-1964more 
Fothergill, Eric Ritchie03-03-1914 more 
Fowler, Hedley Nevile "Bill"08-06-191626-03-1944 
Fox, Gardie William04-09-192007-10-1997more 
Francks, Reginald George Serle   
Fraser, Bruce Austin05-02-188812-02-1981more 
Fraser, Walter Ian00-00-191731-05-1944 
Freeborn, John Connell01-12-191928-08-2010more 
Freyberg, Bernard Cyril21-03-188904-07-1963more 
Fricker, Edward G.   
Frith, Robert William00-00-192328-07-2003 
Frost, Ernest Ralph Clyde22-07-191728-07-1969more 
Frost, John Dutton "Johnny"31-12-191221-05-1993more 
Fulbrook, Albert Bartholomew   

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