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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

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abel-Smith, Henry08-03-190024-01-1993more
Adair, Allan Henry Shafto, 6th Baronet03-11-189704-08-1988more
Adair, Hugh24-08-192327-10-2013
Adams, Norman Marcus  
Adams, Ronald George Hinings31-12-189628-03-1979
Adams, William Leslie Graham20-04-190128-03-1963more
Addison, Robert Ramsay28-09-190929-04-1996
Addison, William Nathan12-08-191900-10-1989
Aduckiewicz, Marian02-08-191721-11-2005more
Aertsen, Servaas Klaas26-01-192225-12-1993more
Agansing, Rai24-04-192027-05-2000more
Albert, Earl Thomas01-03-1920 more
Alcock, John "Jack"04-03-191801-01-1997
Alexander, Lincoln MacCauley21-01-192219-10-2012more
Allard, Jean Victor12-06-191323-04-1996more
Allen, Frederick Fernley Edmund12-12-191229-06-2005more
Allen, Robert Swinton24-07-191400-00-1982more
Allen, Roland William John  
Allenberg, William Harry  more
Allmand, Michael22-08-192324-06-1944
Ambrus, Jan Rozkazom19-05-189921-01-1994more
Ameresekere, Ekanayake Edward Rohan21-05-191620-03-1974more
Anders, Wladyslaw Albert11-08-189212-05-1970more
Anderson, Alan Ford21-11-191019-12-2002more
Anderson, Andy19-09-192523-02-2021
Anderson, Charles Groves Wright12-02-189711-11-1988more
Anderson, Eric15-09-191506-04-1943
Anderson, F.  
Anderson, Hugh Henry27-02-192111-04-1945
Anderson, Jim 07-02-2019
Anderson, John Thompson McKellar "Jock"12-01-191805-10-1943more
Anderson, Margaret Irene11-12-191516-07-1995more
Anderson, Robert Thomas30-12-191905-10-2001
Anderson, William Maurice Eyre "Bill"31-08-190813-12-1986
Andersz, Tadeusz27-10-191829-10-2007more
Andrew, Solomon Joseph Harold00-00-1924 
Andrewartha, Charles Donald "Andy"15-04-191606-09-1973more
Andrews, George Edward 09-11-1942
Andruszko, Michal Stanislaw00-00-191700-00-1987more
Annable, Harold Cecil05-01-191705-06-1983
Annand, Richard Wallace05-11-191424-12-2004more
Annandale, James  
Antell, Frederick Roy George  
Antoni, Jean Louis Hubert Antoine25-05-189606-11-1982
Antonowicz Andrault de Buy, Graf, Mikolaj15-01-191503-04-2000more
Appelboom, Machiel "Max"07-03-192405-11-2003more
Appleford, Joseph Ernest11-01-1917 
Archer, Bertram Stuart Trevelyan03-02-191502-05-2015more
Archer, Ernest Leonard  more
Ardagh, Patrick Augustine30-08-189106-04-1944more
Arkel, van, Jan27-08-191923-02-2011more
Armitage, Robert Selby28-03-191001-06-1982
Armstrong, Donald Richard Neville19-07-190700-00-1967
Armstrong, Frederick Finlay00-00-191804-11-1997more
Armstrong, Roy  
Armstrong, Walter Douglas09-12-191916-02-1945
Arnfield, Stanley John03-10-191324-09-1954
Arnold, Claude Henry  
Arthur, Lawrence  
Arthur, Wilfred Stanley07-12-191923-12-2000more
Artymiuk, Kazimierz28-08-192013-03-1984more
Ashness, Albert  
Ashraf, Mohammad  
Ashurst, Norman24-11-1920 
Ashworth, Arthur 'Artie'03-05-192019-02-1994more
Ashworth, Corran Perry 'Ash'25-09-192103-08-1944more
Atkins, Eric Granville19-03-192122-11-2011more
Auchterlonie, James Laurence07-12-192413-04-1945
Auten, Harold22-08-189103-10-1964more

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