Hello all, Was reading a bit of back history on the 9th Lancers and about their albeit brief stint with the BEF back in mid-May to mid-June 1940. As far as I can see because they fought as rear-guard in the Somme area and were thereafter evacuated from Brest despite what wiki says (about their evacuation from Dunkirk at the mo!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9th_Queen%27s_Royal_Lancers#B.E.F._Belgium_.26_France & World War II France (B.E.F) - Somme 1940 France (B.E.F) - Evacuation from Dunkirk 1940 (Not seemingly correct!) They didn't get a Dunkirk medal http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30011354 When these were awarded, and anyhow: Types of medals The term ‘official’ describes any medal authorised by the Queen, or her predecessors. Only these medals are allowed to be worn on a service uniform. Commemorative medals are those which have been produced by organisations or private medal companies to commemorate particular branches of service or areas of operations. These are not issued by the MOD Medal Office and may be purchased from the private medal company that produces them or from a reputable medal dealer. The Royal British Legion or other veterans associations may also be able to offer you further advice should you wish to purchase commemorative medals which cover your time or areas of service. Examples of popular commemorative medals are: National Service Medal Allied Ex-Prisoners of War Medal Dunkirk Medal British Forces Germany Medal As I read it they were entitled to "get" the 1939/1945 War medal for this period in France though. There's a quite strong take on this here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/80/a4300480.shtml Not quite sure what to make of this though? Not "getting" a "Dunkirk" makes perfect sense - but a rear-guard BEF medal perhaps seems to be lacking though? All the best, Rm.