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War Decorations And Medals

Volume 415: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that the First and Eighth Armies carry their numerals on their Africa Star, General Dempsey's Second Army from France, Belgium and Holland, will be allowed to carry the numeral 2 on their France and Germany Star.

:As explained by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in answer to a Question by the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Major Beamish) on 23rd August, numerous suggestions have been made for the institution of further emblems which could be worn on one or other of the approved ribbons. Acceptance of such suggestions would be bound to give rise to many difficulties, and it is not proposed to recommend this addition to the series of distinctions alreadyinstituted for war service.

asked the Prime Minister whether he is prepared to award a rosette, or bar, to be worn on the D.M. by those members of the CD. force who have been particularly commended for good work carried out between 1939–45; and whether he is aware that such a proposal would be welcome to CD. members who have obtained little recognition for their work.

No, Sir. The grant of an emblem of this kind would give rise to demands for other emblems for the ribbons of the Defence Medal and the Campaign Stars which, it is clear, could not be overlooked, and it would be virtually impossible to draw a dividing line.