Naval man with no stars awarded????

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Mark Potts, Oct 28, 2023.

  1. Mark Potts

    Mark Potts Well-Known Member

    Hi all, a man in our village said his father served in the Navy during WW2 but was only awarded the BWM and Defence Medal. Does this mean he didn't serve in a theatre of war?? Thanks for reading, Mark.
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Perfectly feasible.

    Not all personnel who served in RN would go to sea.

    Think of all the RN shore bases that would’ve needed permanent staff.

    He may not have been fit enough for sea service but could be utilised on home service - same applied to all armed forces.

    Donny Anderson and alieneyes like this.
  3. Mark Potts

    Mark Potts Well-Known Member

    Thanks Steve. Did he have to serve in a war zone for 6 months before getting the 39-45 star?? Mark
  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Internet will be your best friend for medal eligibility. 6 months not required when it was instituted as 1939/43 Star - hence some BEF & Norway Expedition men earned it as well as Commando’s for single day raids on mainland Europe (there is a long list) - but subsequently 180 day rule was applied for 39/45 eligibility but exceptions retained.


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