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War Decorations And Medals

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Prime Minister if he will give consideration to the award of an Overseas Service ribbon to personnel who have served long periods overseas but have not qualified for any of the campaign medals.

The Defence Medal is to be granted for non-operational service, during the war, in the Forces, overseas from, or outside, the country of residence. The time qualification for this type of service is one year.

asked the Prime Minister whether he will reconsider the question of Defence medals for A.T.A. pilots, in view of the fact that during the war 155 pilots out of 500 have been killed and only 22 medals have been awarded, mostly to ground personnel, and that this fine body of men and women pilots feel they are not being fairly treated in having no medals or ribbons to show for their war service.

Air crew of Air Transport Auxiliary will be eligible for the award of the Defence Medal, provided they have rendered three years' service as such in the United Kingdom between 3rd September, 1939, and 8th May, 1945.