I wrote to the medals office to get my Father's entitlement and was very pleased to get a letter confirming not only what I'd already worked out but also that there were 'unissued' medals that will be sent to me shortly. A bit of a surprise, because I thought they'd been issued but still; I will shortly have the 39-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal and the War Medal. He was also issued the General Service Medal with Palestine clasp in April 1945 but that is missing and I'd like to replace it. Can anybody give some advice on where to get the medal? I have looked at various medal suppliers but it's very difficult to establish if the medals they supply are authentic or if they are cheap copies? Apparently the original medals were made of silver but these replacement ones seem to be silver plated cupro nickel. Are silver ones available? I have also seen that some suppliers say the medal will be stamped 'copy', to comply with MOD rules, but others don't mention anything about that. I'm not phased by that because it is a copy and we have the documentary evidence but why do some suppliers not mention it? Finally, is there a protocol on the order of the engraving. The suppliers don't offer advice, They just say fill in the box with what you want engraved. I was thinking number, rank, (C/sgt) name and regiment. Is the exact format important or do medals come with all sorts of variations? Oh, also, he enlisted in 1932 with the Royal Berks and went to France in 1939 with the 1st Battalion and was evacuated from Dunkirk, but he finished the war with the Kings Own in the Middle East and Italy. So what would you put for the regiment, Royal Berks or KORR? Any thoughts would be much appreciated.