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Elizabeth Cross

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 1 July 2009, Official Report, columns 18-21WS, on armed forces recognition, for what reason a distinction is drawn between retrospective recognition for the families of those who served and died in (a) Palestine since 27 September 1945 and otherwise since 1 January 1948 and (b) the Second World War. (284659)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission attributed deaths up to 1 January 1948 to world war two service and recorded them on their Rolls of Honour and Memorials. The only exception to this is deaths in Palestine from 27 September 1945 to 30 June 1948, which will also be eligible for the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll. This is consistent with the dates used for recognition on the Armed Forces Memorial, although the criteria for inclusion on that memorial are different.