War Medal 1939 - 1945
Description: 36 mm diameter in Cupro-nickel1,
obverse depicts the crowned head of King George VI with the legend
GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:. The reverse shows a
victorious lion standing on a defeated two headed dragon (the axis
powers) with the dates 1939 -1945 above.
Awarded to all full time service personnel
who had completed 28 days service between 3rd September 1939 and the
2nd September 1945. Personnel who were eligible for a campaign star
yet who had their service cut short by death, wounds or capture by
the enemy, still qualified for this medal. Eligible personnel who
had been mentioned in despatches during the War were entitled to
wear a bronze oak leaf emblem on the ribbon.
1. The Canadian issue was in 0.800