medal; "Defence Medal 1939-1945"
The Defence medal is a cupro-nickel or silver disk 36mm dia. The obverse design show and uncrowned King George VI, with the inscription “GEORGIVS : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND :IMP”. The reverse shows the Royal crown on a stylised oak tree and supported on either side by an heraldic lion, with the dates “1939” and “1945” and the legend “THE DEFENCE MEDAL”.
Service to qualify for the award of this medal counted from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945 in Great Britain; and to forces overseas until the end of active hostilities in the Pacific, 15 August 1945. The Defence Medal was granted for three year's service at home, or six months overseas in territories subjected to air attacks or closely threatened with some variations. The list of qualifying organisations is long and included organisations such as the Home Guard, ARP and Civil Defence ( Wardens, Ambulance Service etc.) the Fire Service, Police, Coast Guard WVS, CNR, Royal Observer Corps and so on
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moulding:reverse:"1939 1945 (curving round)/THE DEFENCE/MEDAL."