The Defence Medal
Description: 36mm diameter, of cupro-nickel 1,
obverse shows the uncrowned head of King George VI and the legend "GEORGIVS
VI D: BR: OMN: REX: F: D: IND: IMP:". The reverse depicts a crowned
oak tree on a symbolic island, guarded by two
lions. The words THE DEFENCE MEDAL are in exergue.
Awarded to service personnel and many civilian
organisations for three years service in non operational areas
subjected to air attack or closely threatened. Also awarded for one
years overseas service - If the overseas service area was subject to enemy attacks or closely threatened the
qualifying period was reduced to six months. Many WW2 home defence and
related organisations were eligible such as the Home Guard,
Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence, etc.
1. The Canadian version was in 0.800 silver
Also see official 1945