War Medal 1939-45
The War Medal was awarded to all full-time personnel of the armed forces
and merchant marines for serving for 28 days between 03 September 1939
and 02 September 1945. In the Merchant Navy, the 28 days must have been
served at sea.
"Please note that the above is only a summary outline
of the conditions that apply to this medal. Additional information and
a list of qualifing areas of service are available from the Honours and
Awards Section, Veterans Affairs Canada, 66 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario
A single oak leaf emblem is worn to signify a Mention-in-Despatches
and the silver oak leaf signifying a King's Commendation for Brave Conduct
is worn on this medal. There is no bar other than these emblems.
A circular, (.800 fine) silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter. The
British issue medals were made of cupro-nickel.
The obverse shows the crowned coinage effigy of King George VI, facing
left, and the legend GEORGIVS VI D : BR : OMN : REX ET INDIAE IMP:
The reverse device shows a lion standing wanton on the body of a double-headed
dragon. The dragons heads are those of an eagle and a dragon to signify
the principal occidental and oriental enemies. At the top, just right of
centre are the dates 1939/1945 in two lines.
A plain, straight non-swivelling suspender with a single-toe claw.
The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide and consists of 7 coloured stripes:
red, dark blue, white, narrow red (centre), white, dark blue, and red.
The medals were issued unnamed, except those awarded to personnel of
the Canadian Merchant Marine and RCMP, which were named on the rim.
The award was established on 16 August 1945.
There were 700,000 issued, including 4,450 to the Canadian Merchant
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