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Defence Honours & Awards

Imperial Awards

War Medal 1939-1945

The War Medal 1939-45 was awarded for 28 days full-time service in the Armed Forces between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. Operational and non-operational service may be counted, providing that it was of 28 days or more duration.

In the Merchant Navy there is a requirement that the 28 days should have been served at sea.

A member qualifies for the award where service was brought to an end by death, wounds or other disabilities due to service or by cessation of hostilities on 2 September 1945.

The War Medal 1939-45 is awarded to Australian Civilian Personnel who served afloat with the United States Army Small Ships Section between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945. Eligibility is the same as that for Merchant Navy personnel. See required evidence to support a claim.

Design

The medal is cupro-nickel with the crowned effigy of King George VI on the obverse.

The reverse has a lion standing on a fallen dragon. The top of the reverse shows the dates 1939 and 1945.

Ribbon

The ribbon colours of red, white and blue represent the colours of the Union Flag.

Source Documents

Summary of Award Conditions of Campaign Stars, the Defence Medal and the War Medal [PDF] [Word]

Application

Apply for the War Medal 1939-1945

War Medal 1939-1945 - Obverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

War Medal 1939-1945 - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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