Defence Medal

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The 1939-45 Defence Medal was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth awarded for service during WW2 in accordance with the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Service in the Forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened, provided such service lasted for three or more years.
  2. Non-operational service in the Forces overseas or outside the country of residence, providing that such service lasted for one year, except in territories threatened by the enemy or subject to bomb attacks, in which case it was six months.
  3. Civil Defence or other similar service in military operational areas providing the civil category was not eligible for campaign stars.
  4. The qualifying period of service in Mine and Bomb Disposal units was three months.
  5. Those who were awarded campaign stars could also, provided they fulfilled the necessary conditions, be awarded this medal.
  6. Service in the United Kingdom Forces in West Africa, Palestine and India would count for the award of this medal, as well as by Dominion Forces, other than operational air crews in non operational areas outside their own countries
  7. Part time service in the Malta Home Guard
  8. The closing date for those in the forces was extended to 2nd September 1945 for those serving overseas
  9. Members of any civilian services that were entitled to wear chevrons for their war service were eligible for this medal
  10. Members of the Home Guard resident in the United Kingdom qualified for the medal by rendering three years service ( or three months in the case of those who served in a bomb and mine disposal unit) British citizens from overseas qualified with six months service or three months in the bomb and mine disposal units.
  11. service curtailed by death due to enemy action or wounds were eligible as were those who received an award conferred by the King regardless of length of service
  12. Recipients of the George Cross or George Medal were eligible whether they were serving in a category eligible for the award or not provided the decoration was gained for service in Civil Defence.


Medal Edge Engraving - or Medal 'Naming'. Service details are diamond engraved on the rim of the medal to current MoD standard. Please supply details in BLOCK CAPITALS.

Mounting Options - Full Size

Select to have your medal on a 'loose' ribbon, 'swing' mounted on a pin or 'court' mounted on a pin. Please note that the mounting charge is per medal. You will need to add this to each medal you are ordering or add separate mounting if you are sending medals in to us.

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We are experiencing a higher than expected demand for products and services due to the release of the Platinum Jubilee Medal. As a result, our priority is the fulfilment of existing orders.

This is having a knock-on effect on all of our products and services pushing our delivery times beyond our stated 28 day maximum. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but this is unavoidable. We took steps to bolster our team many months ago but the demand has been so high that we are still running behind.

We will not rush to recruit any more people as we cannot and will not jeopardise the quality and standard of our work. If you are not able to wait for your order, please do let us know and we will issue a full refund.

In the meantime, we respectfully request that you refrain from chasing orders unless absolutely necessary as this is simply taking resources away from completing orders.

‘Medal Mounting Options’ refers to the ready to wear mounting service for all medals. By default, most medals are supplied on a loose piece of medal ribbon. If you would like your medal to be able to be pinned on to a garment for wearing, you will need to select the relevant option on each medal page. Our team of tailors work tirelessly to mount medals court or swing style to the exacting standards required by our British Armed Forces.

On a loose ribbon – medals will be supplied on a 6 inch length of loose ribbon.

Swing Mounting – medals are sewn onto a brooch bar and swing freely from the bar ready to wear. This method of mounting is typically used for mounting World War 1 & World War 2 medals. Please not that mounting charges are PER MEDAL.

Court Mounting – medals are sewn to a back board of corresponding ribbons with a pin brooch across top and held rigid so not to swing and hit against each other. This is the method of mounted adopted by todays armed forces. Please not that mounting charges are PER MEDAL.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are purchasing medals to be added to an existing group of medals that you are planning to send to us, you will need to head over to the medal mounting page and include the mounting charge for the TOTAL number of medals that are being mounted. So, if you are buying one medal to be added to a group of three medals that you already have mounted, you will need to pay for a total of 4 medals to be mounted. We cannot simply add medals to a group.

Please contact us for any further information you require or visit our Medal Mounting collection here.

Many items that we supply will offer engraving options. Here is some guidance regarding this service.

Medal Engraving:

Medal engraving (often referred to as ‘Medal Naming’) is the process of engraving personal details on the edge, back or bar of a medal. For military medals details are typically formatted as follows:

For civilian medals, typically the first name and surname would be engraved in full. It is important to note the some medals engraved on the reverse – this applied mainly to commemorative medals. This is not an option that you choose – this is determined by the issuer or protocol.

Plaque Engraving:

If your order includes one of our plaques or a frame/case with a plaque, please complete the details that you would like engraving in full. If there is any limit or restriction on the number of characters you can have, this will be stated in the description of the product. For plaque engraving, text across two lines is (in our opinion) the most visually appealing.

Other Product Engraving:

The engraving requirements for all of our products can be added to the individual product page when placing your order. If you are requiring a military emblem engraved, please state this clearly. If we run into any issues, we will contact you when you order reaches the production stage.

If you have a specific badge or logo to engrave, you can send it to