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:
- Service in the Forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened, provided such service lasted for three or more years.
- 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.
- Civil Defence or other similar service in military operational areas providing the civil category was not eligible for campaign stars.
- The qualifying period of service in Mine and Bomb Disposal units was three months.
- Those who were awarded campaign stars could also, provided they fulfilled the necessary conditions, be awarded this medal.
- 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
- Part time service in the Malta Home Guard
- The closing date for those in the forces was extended to 2nd September 1945 for those serving overseas
- Members of any civilian services that were entitled to wear chevrons for their war service were eligible for this medal
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Awarded for the qualifying time required depending on the area served is: UK - 1080 days, Overseas non-operational - 360 days, Overseas non-operational in an area deemed to be closely threatened or subject to air attack -180 days service in WW2. Awarded to recognise both military and some types of civilian service.
Mounting & Display Options
We have a number of options to mount and/or display your medals. To have your medal/s framed for display, please see our framing options. To 'do-it-yourself' please see our Accessories page. We offer a professional Medal Mounting Service, which can be added to your order by selecting the relevant options above.
Swing Style Mounting
Medals are professionally mounted on a brooch bar using a variety of embroidery techniques and swing freely from the bar. This is the most common for of medal mounting, which produces a handsome finish to your medal or group of medals ready to be worn. The brooch bar has a secure pin on the reverse to be attached to your garment. A Medal Holder is available on which to attach the pin if you wish to protect your garment.
Medal Mounting Court Style
Medals are professionally mounted on a brooch bar using a variety of embroidery techniques. Court Mounted medals have a stiff backing board with the corresponding ribbon running all the way dawn the back of the medal. This is a more formal style of medal mounting which produces a stunning finish to your medal or group of medals ready to be worn. The brooch bar has a secure pin on the reverse to be attached to your garment. A Medal Holder is available on which to attach the pin if you wish to protect your garment.
Send Your Medals To Us
If sending medals to us to be mounted, please use some form of registered service such as Royal Mail Special Delivery. You can select from a couple of options. We can send you the protective packaging and special delivery envelope that will be ready addressed for you. All you have to do is go to the Post Office and pay the required fee for the postage. We do not charge you for sending this packaging to you. You can also ask us to arrange a courier collection for your chosen address (UK only). This will cost £20 and we will contact you to arrange a relevant date and time. Please note that the courier will not be able to specify a time - the best we can arrange is morning or afternoon.
This medal was issued unnamed.