WW2 Campaign Stars & Medals info thread

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by dbf, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Cleaning & Care of medals

    It's always worth getting advice from a few different sources and making up your own mind about whether or not to lightly clean or polish medals, and even replace medal ribbons. In all cases ribbons should be removed (carefully) before proceeding.

    If in any doubt, consider leaving them as they are. Some people prefer the idea that they 'still have the fingerprints of the original owner' on them somewhere. Even collectors of medals cannot agree on what is preferable, some prefer them 'as worn' even if not in correct order of wear. However cases of verdigris for example should be attended to.

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  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Wearing of medals

    Recipients wear their medals on their left breast when on parade / at official ceremonies.

    This is some advice from RBL regarding medals which belong to relatives during Remembrance Parades, etc. It is entirely up to the individual. I think their penultimate line on the subject is pragmatic enough.


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  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD


    Medals can be mounted singly, or on a bar in groups either swing or court style. Unless you are already proficient, it's probably best to get a professional to do this for you and have the medals looking at their best.

    (If medal ribbons need to be replaced due to wear and tear remember to say so should you also want to keep the original ones. Likewise also state if you prefer medals not to be polished - to keep the patina. )

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  4. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD


    Some people prefer to place medals in a shadowbox or similar, along with eg a photo, shoulder titles, cap badge, buttons, medal slips etc, anything relating to the individual's service.

    It's down to personal choice really and what's available. (If adding to the display items which did not originally belong the the person in question do consider placing this information somewhere, even on the back. It avoids confusing subsequent generations etc as to what was a personal item and what was not.)

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  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Replacing lost medals

    There are a couple of ways to go about this, again up to the individual.

    Some companies produce replica medals and they can be readily found for sale on the internet.

    However, the alternative is to buy original WW2 campaign medals. Since these were generally not named to any individual - engraved with name etc on rim or reverse - original items can be bought, usually for less than the replicas, and easily substituted for medals which have been lost or misplaced over the years.

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  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    The Medal Office can be contacted via the following link:
    This link has applications forms for various circumstances.

    The FAQs should be read before contacting the office, as most of the more common enquiries are covered.
    For previously unissued medals The Medal Office will process applications by veterans and by Next-of-Kin. NOK is considered on a strict linear basis, for example surviving spouse, then eldest child ... and so on.

    Replacement medals will only be considered under specific circumstances. They will not replace medals if the originals were simply lost.
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Examples of medal groups with background, shared by members of the forum, can be found with the link below.

    WW2 Medal racks
  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Threads which might be of further interest, ref -

    medal entitlement in respect of New Zealand service personnel
    Medal Entitlement?
  9. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    Many congratulations on this epic work.

    Is it now complete and may we add comment ?

  10. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Thanks Ron,
    Title edited - I hope I've finished. :)

    Anyone feel free to correct any errors, set right any omissions, make suggestions about links etc etc, post illustrations or tips, add whatever you think would be helpful.
  11. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    No reservations at all in applauding this most helpful and extremely comprehensive guide to Campaign Stars & Medals.

    I was particularly pleased to see that the latest information on the Bomber Command Clasp has also been given it's rightful place.

    If I may be permitted to mention one website that I have previously used with good effect and that had been designed by a fellow forum member, namely:

    That aside, this is really a first class guide and I heartily commend it to anyone who needs any help on the subject.

  12. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    An impressive and comprehensive thread Di, you deserve a medal, please choose from the above.

  13. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Nice work Di. I look forward to posting my Grandad's Arctic Star when it's issued.
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  14. Our bill

    Our bill Well-Known Member

    I have so enjoyed reading this thread . Thank you for sharing Elsie
  15. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Lovely work D.
    Thank you for posting

  16. PeterG

    PeterG Senior Member


    Ron has kindly brought your epic and very comprehensive work to my attention and I would like to add my congratulations to his, well done!.

    On a very minor point, in the description of the War Medal there is a mis-translation of BR:OMN, wrongly rendered as'... king of all the Britains'.

    "GEORGIVS VI D : G: BR : OMN : REX ET INDIAE : IMP. is a classical Latin abbreviation for Georgius sextus dei gratia britanniae omnis rex et indiae imperator, which in English is: George the 6th, by the grace of God, King of all Britain and Emperor of India.

  17. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Diane thanks for posting

  18. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi Diane !

    I thought there might be room on this thread for a posting that discussed the point concerning the "non-awarding" of campaign stars.

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  19. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

    Thanks for posting, this is an excellent reference for novices and experts alike, well done.
  20. bofors

    bofors Senior Member

    yes thanks, this will be a great reference, easy to find and pass on for those who need an answer

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