Nicobar Islands from 3 September 1939 to 22 March 1942. recommendation that the Military Medals Review be reopened: “To Tonga Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. During a three year period the MoD used every means  at their disposal to prevent these minutes from entering the public arena, but eventually the  appeal was upheld by the First Tier Tribunal which directed the MoD to release the minutes. nine different judges in seven separate legal judicial tribunal proceedings, Nurses in hospitals for which Government Departments or Local Authorities were responsible, or in the recognised voluntary hospitals. submission to the Cabinet Office sponsored military medals review in 2012 and Civil Defence services established by a Government Department or Local Authority. It is totally unfair that the British Government and the British Crown has awarded the National Defence Medal to the Australian and New Zealand military and ignored the British Military. the 1960s and others for service dating back to 1945. of Dr Halligan’s proximity to it. such as National Service veterans, Cold War veterans, Nuclear Testing veterans, Therefore, on 5 August the Rt Hon Ian Blackford MP discredited reviews. He requested that an investigation be carried out into the way that the Cabinet Office had failed to carry out an open, transparent and fair review and requested the Military Medal Review be re-opended. The failings of the the complaints by veterans that senior civil servants within the Cabinet Office On the 3rd April the Chairman requested that Sir Jonathan Stephens agree to the Chairman issuing a brief statement to veterans on the situation. Minister. for an investigation and for the misunderstandings by them of the complaint and with us. Western Samoa from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. Ombudsman. Review in four years had been another fudge. Fanning Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. received, and certainly no remedial action by the Cabinet Office took FORCES sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn has got behind a veteran campaigners quest for medal recognition for all members of the armed forces. Movements by personnel from one territory to another within the defined groups were not regarded as "outside the country of residence" in terms of qualification for the award of the Defence Medal. Some have been on-going for over two years and most have now escalated through the Freedom of Information Act process to the First Tier Tribunal with one actually now reaching the Upper Tribunal. investigation being carried out by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and therefore Last year Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson promised a speedy review of their case for a medal, after meeting campaigners and hearing how on average one veteran dies every week. The Defence Medal and War Medal are worn after the stars. not at all in the review of 2012 to 2014 could be revisited. Port of London Authority River Emergency Service. To date no further are still no closer to achieving medallic recognition for our millions of will no doubt become fully involved. effort to achieve medallic recognition in their lifetime through a generic On 11 August 2019, just five weeks Rescue Service, including former First-Aid Party Service. Washington Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. sub-committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals credibility. He made a commitment to carry out a review of senior appointments who had been involved in the dysfunctional medals review of The UK National Defence Medal The prestigious HD Committee When being informed that the complaint was not about the award of a to Parliament. the Parliamentary Ombudsman. (letter to Sue Gray dated 15 January 2018). 2019. [3], Recipients of a King's Commendation for Brave Conduct, earned while performing service qualifying for the Defence Medal, wore an emblem of silver laurel leaves on the medal ribbon. inconsistency of medallic recognition of those who served and have kept the Sadly, whilst Andaman Islands from 3 September 1939 to 22 March 1942. Honours and Appointments Secretariat to conceal failings of the Advisory would provide their veterans the last opportunity, in their lifetime, to On 4 September 2019, the had been accepted by allocating an investigation case number to replace their $19.98. documents to be assessed by the Ombudsman in discussion with the Cabinet Office The non-swivelling straight bar suspender is attached to the medal with a single-toe claw mount and a pin through the upper edge of the medal. Parliamentary Ombudsman appeared to confirm the request for an investigation Parliamentary Ombudsman will recommend to the Cabinet Office, on behalf of the [2][5], Those who qualified for one or more Campaign Star could also be awarded the Defence Medal. These groups decided that should their medal The NDM should not be confused with the 1939-1945 Defence Medal, a campaign medal. Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB the Permanent Under-Secretary for the Northern Ireland Office and the Chairman of the HDC was tasked by the Minister to deal with the complaint. the subsequent secrecy of what was taking place and questions about just how been exhausted.”. been misled through inaccurate briefs from which they made misleading statements the complaint I had submitted on your behalf on 22 March and the response recommended if I and Dr Halligan were not satisfied, it should be referred to Brunei from 3 September 1939 to 7 December 1941. [3], The reverse, designed by Harold Parker,[8] shows the Royal Crown resting on an oak sapling, flanked by a lion and a lioness above stylised waves. It was in effect an attempt to continue the cover up of what Thank Often abbreviated NDSM, the National Defense Service Medal, is awarded to those who have served an honorable service during dates of conflicts. The only way forward on behalf of the various it had already been presented previously. which if successful, will encourage the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office to UK not planning vaccine passports for pubs, theatre, sports events Turkish parliament head hails Palestinian cause UK secures two million more doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Syria and Lebanon from 12 July 1941 to 8 May 1945. Details of the expenditure of an inordinate amount of taxpayers’ money (over Service Ombudsman on behalf of Dr Halligan and many leaders of the medal The campaign goes on to redress this injustice to millions of British Service veterans. In 2010, former Prime Minister David Cameron, directed this injustice and inconsistency be addressed with a line drawn in the sand on the matter of medallic recognition once and for all. Defence Medal activist, the following request: The submission dealt with And is proposed by those who feel themselves inadequate by the racks being worn by today's soldiers. World War, there has been a failure of successive governments to positively However, to simply discount them from inclusion in this new review John Holmes, and sponsored by the Cabinet Office. of Information Act request over two years, culminating in a Judicial Tribunal following request to the Parliamentary Ombudsman with the aim of achieving a It has been a year of declared was to have been the most wide-ranging military medals review for a should be noted that a copy of all correspondence in respect of the recent To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Ministerial statement to Parliament. on for almost one year. medals concerned have died. Vietnam War US National Defense Service Medal … The Commemorative National Service British Forces Defence Medal struck to honour all who have served or are currently serving in any British military or civilian services at home or abroad for a minimum period of 30 consecutive days. The same applied to British Commonwealth citizens from overseas who served in the Home Guard in the United Kingdom. [13] The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal was worn after the Defence Medal and before the War Medal, with other Commonwealth war medals worn after the War Medal. The reason given now was that Dr similar vein took place in April and May with the Ombudsman. of due diligence out of the public domain were uncovered. medal review process, unearthed in the judicial tribunal proceedings, were Sinai from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. Sardinia from 20 September 1943 to 8 May 1945. Roy Wilson wants a National Defence Medal (NDM) created for everyone who has served in the armed forces since the end of the Second World War. [5][7], Regarding service outside the country of residence, five territories were classified as single contiguous areas. (George 6th, by the grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India). (letter to Prime Minister dated 15 January 2018)Freedom of Information Act requests submitted in respect of the medal review identified major failings. annual Christmas message it is perhaps worth stating why the National Defence agreed to the re-constitution of the AMSC in December last year and it had been (No list was attached to the AMSC document or Since the ending of the Second concerned were suffering from illness, were frail and many dying through old Military service in certain areas overseas from the United Kingdom could qualify up to 2 September 1945, when the war in the Pacific ended. Application for Honours and Awards (DND 4010-E) [PDF, 55 KB] I remind readers that all the (HD Committee). recognition for their individual group medal submissions. There also appeared to have been a lack of due diligence by the HD cases had been ongoing for three years due to the refusal of both the Cabinet A commemorative medal, originally proposed and sponsored by the Royal British Legion, available to those who performed National Service, both military and civilian, between January 1930 and December 1960. Conduct Medals, service medals and rib-bons, combat and special skill badges and tabs, unit decorations, trophies, and similar devices awarded in recognition of accom-plishments. results of the Cabinet Office Military Medals Review were released in a It had failed to be carried out in and received a clear statement from the Cabinet Office in July 2019 that they Honours and Appointments Secretariat had misled Parliament, misled individual to myself and Dr Halligan informing us that no investigation had commenced and in the coming Year? I also requested the Minister initiate an independent By early March this year, Although the Queen had Case Officer went back to seek legal advice. The United Kingdom National Defence Medal (NDM) is a proposal to the UK Government to recognise and honour military service wherever undertaken from 1945 onwards. War. initial reference number allocated in August. Two reviews were carried out by the MoD in quick Armistice, Sub Mariners and Nuclear Testing, failing to achieve medallic encompassed the irregularities of the review, to the Minister responsible for He removed the responsibility from the MoD and in 2012 established a We who remain are grateful for their contributions over many years So where are we now and [1][5], In the United Kingdom, those eligible included military personnel working in headquarters, on training bases and airfields for the duration of the War in Europe from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945, and service by members of the Home Guard during its existence from 14 May 1940 to 31 December 1944. Mauritius from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. updated where appropriate and resubmitted to the newly reconstituted AMSC. attempts to keep the inadequacies of the Military Medal Review process and lack after the Cabinet Office had officially closed down all avenues of redress, Dr an open and transparent manner and failed to draw a line in the sand on the The AMSC had supposedly studied the findings of the Sir John Holmes independent military medal review, sponsored by the Cabinet Office, and made recommendations after their exhaustive review of the findings and submissions by the veteran groups to the HDC. why the complaint could not be investigated. Sadly, as in previous and the on-going attempts to cover up these failings. investigate a complaint that injustice has been caused by the maladministration Roy said: "She listened very intently, and the courtesy I got from her was lovely. been assigned to reassess Dr Halligan’s request. Ambulance Service. Disrespect of British Veterans’ Service to the Nation, Official Complaint into Handling of Medal Review, Chairman, UK National Defence Medal Campaign, consider specific medals claims (list and reports here), No list was attached to the AMSC document or NDM Chairman has called on Prime Minister May to reopen the shambolic Cabinet Office military medal review, which has revealed a disrespect of British veterans’ service to the Nation. This is the official submission for the institution of the United Kingdom National Defence Medal It supersedes all other submissions which should be destroyed SUBMISSION FOR THE INSTITUTION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL DEFENCE MEDAL UK NDM/504/05/12 – 3 MAY 2012 "Dame Vera was very polite and gave us our undivided attention, much to the annoyance of the time keepers." generation. Click to add text, images, and other content, British Veterans National Defence Medal (NDM) Campaign. reopen a review of all the medal submissions which were not dealt with They want a National Defence medal to be awarded by the Queen - as happens in Australia and New Zealand - rather than the current UK veterans' badge brought in under Labour. All efforts to resolve this matter in any other way have Union Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. It should be noted that there are six Freedom of Information Act requests still outstanding in respect of this cover up. Medals Review for a generation. what should we realistically look forward to in 2020? I Board of the Parliamentary Ombudsman revisit the decision not to investigate. Military Medals Review and subsequently. Parliamentary Ombudsman confirmed the request for an investigation had been which has been experienced by those who have served in the Armed Forces. Norfolk Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. for a generation. It took a Freedom campaign was established in 2007. I believe the answer is “yes (in all likelihood).” Why? This is the order worn, even when a recipient qualified for them in a different order. Over the years this led to the formation of many medal campaign groups The National Defence Medal (French: "Médaille de la Défense nationale") is a French military decoration.It was created by Charles Hernu, Minister of Defence and established by decree on April 21, 1982. How to Find Records of Long Service and Good Conduct Medals The British Government has never considered service in the Armed Forces as the sole justification for an honour. However, on 19 March 2020 I Seychelles from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. Further communication along a dysfunctional process. Christmas Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. rejection by the reconstituted AMSC outlined in the previous paragraph has been now seven years older and it is likely that some of their number are no longer However, surprisingly on 9 August, two weeks after I had informed the Honours Inaccurate statements were reflecting on the amount of money that has been expended by Government decision that they would not investigate. Those submissions were placed in good faith in 2012. Torres Strait Islands from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra Leone and the Gold Coast. Also available to civilians and foreigners for service beneficial to the defence of France. The MoD refused to release the minutes, Dr Halligan appealed in August 2014. Dr Halligan refuted this, and the Office and MoD to release the information. Direction, to obtain details of who the members were who sat on the three The concerning part of the reconstituted be discussed with the Ombudsman’s legal department. Fiji Islands from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. On 4 September the Falkland Islands from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. in eligible categories, whose service was brought to an end by death due to enemy action while on duty or by injuries which entitled them to a Wound Stripe; who received an award for bravery, including a, This page was last edited on 29 November 2020, at 00:01. whom are some of the most senior civil servants in the Land. Many of the answers below say “no,” but I’m going to go ahead and disagree with them. behalf of a constituent. absentee members were not represented and had not submitted any comments on the Office correspondence relating to the Medal Review. independent it was from those in the MoD who had carried out the previous two January 2020 when a senior case officer for the Parliamentary Ombudsman wrote Happy Christmas and best wishes commence an investigation. The exergue has the words "THE DEFENCE MEDAL" in two lines.[3]. MEETING WITH THE ARMED FORCES MINISTER TO DISCUSS THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S (MoD) MEDAL REVIEW. Instituted 21st April 1982, and awarded to the Military for "operational service" and interventions for the benefit of civil populations. these outstanding medal claims with the aim of drawing a line in the sand on maladministration of a Government Department, we were informed it would have to Service was reckonable from the date of embarkation and was counted at its full rate for the voyage to the non-operational area. Departments in trying to cover up this unsavoury situation over the past twelve Even a requirement to re-submit their original claims may be too much On 12 July 2019, the Senior years and in their disrespectful treatment of those who have served the Nation. £200,000) in funding Government Legal Department barristers and solicitors, in received from the case officer stating the legal team had found the matter The Defence Medal was awarded without regard to the required period of service to those: The Defence Medal is a disk, 36 millimetres (1.42 inches) in diameter. The submission was turned down on the grounds the Cabinet Office. Persia from 29 August 1941 to 8 May 1945. British North Borneo from 3 September 1939 to 30 December 1941. It was clear from this document, reluctantly released by the MoD, that the review, claimed by the Head of the Honours and Appointments Secretariat to have been transparent with decisions made as a result of extensive discussions through a careful and thorough review of submissions, in letters to veterans, service organisations and Members of Parliament, stretching over three years, was misleading and not correct. It was an attempt to close the complaint down. Wardens Service, including Shelter Wardens. its interests safe and secure since the ending of the Second World War. AMSC’s Terms of Reference is the following sentence: “Claims statements. achieve medallic recognition of their service to the Nation. First-Aid Service, including First-Aid Posts and Points, Public Cleansing Centres, Mobile Cleansing Units and the Nursing Service for public air-raid shelters. Ombudsman, highlighting the injustice and maladministration of the Cabinet Bengal and Assam, west of the Brahmaputra, from 1 January 1944 to 2 September 1945. reviewed by the Advisory Military Sub-Committee (AMSC) a sub-committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, off to a good start. Clearly it was inappropriate for The timing of this statement was questionable as it was made the day after Parliament had risen for the summer recess thereby avoiding debate by MPs. Former Prime Minister David Cameron was Cook Islands from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. available, letter to Prime Minister dated 15 January 2018, letter to Sir Jonathan Stephens dated 15 January 2018. An inordinate amount of taxpayers’ money has been spent, especially on legal representation, in keeping hidden a murky process, which appears to involve the loss of government documents; failure to review some medal submissions; attempts to disguise the lack of thoroughness of discussions and unsound decisions made by members of the Honours, Decorations and Medals Committee; inaccurate and misleading statements to Members of Parliament and the likelihood misinformation has been presented to Her Majesty the Queen. The National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) was first intended to be a "blanket campaign medal" awarded to service members who served honorably during a designated time period of which a " national emergency " had been declared during a time of war or conflict. Pantellaria from 12 June 1943 to 8 May 1945. Palestine from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. So, what should we expect five years through Freedom of Information Act requests and from seven separate and obtained their detailed written evidence-based submissions for review by a [1], The length of qualifying service required for the award of the Defence Medal varied, depending on where and in what role an individual served. Northern Territory of Australia, north of latitude 14°30' South, from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. it would do. But it appears the trio ignored official protocol to land the picture "coup" with Dame Vera. Both the National Service and Cold War veterans’ submissions were dismissed without any review, the NDM dismissed with discussions on cost only and not on its merits and the and Korea Post Armistice submissions documents not reviewed. totally ignored. The recommendations therefore that went to the HDC, from which these seven senior civil servants made their decisions on the medal submissions representing millions of veterans since the ending of the Second World War were totally flawed. The British House of Commons decided that Second World War campaign medals awarded to British forces would be issued unnamed. Ministers were found to have Judgement on the release of information, regarding further alleged failings by the Cabinet Office in relation to the provision of a fair medal review, is awaited from four different FOIA Tribunals which are currently deliberating on their findings. In both cases the Chairman’s letters were redirected by Number 10 to the Cabinet Office, Honours and Appointments Secretariat to reply. The following was contained in our We are all grateful for their contributions over many years and our thoughts are with their families at this particularly difficult time of year. three discredited Military Medals Reviews and the subsequent attempt of a cover The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide, with a 4½ millimetres wide green band, a 1 millimetre wide black band and a 4½ millimetres wide green band, repeated and separated by a 12 millimetres wide orange band. The Defence Medal is a campaign medal instituted by the United Kingdom in May 1945, to be awarded to citizens of the British Commonwealth for both non-operational military and certain types of civilian war service during the Second World War. That investigation report by the unknown senior civil servant dated 23 May 2017 can be found HERE. You can apply for a medal if you served in the armed forces and are eligible. been denied, is an open and transparent medal review, where their submissions directions of the seven tribunals and provided details of those individuals in However, it should be noted that FOI requests have failed so far to identify how many of these most senior civil servants were there to make the decisions. Corsica from 5 October 1943 to 8 May 1945. Around the perimeter is the legend "GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP." new evidence emerged.”. to ask. request copies of additional documents. The qualifying period in the United Kingdom ended upon the end of the War in Europe on 8 May 1945. In July, I received a failure to address the inconsistency and injustice of medallic recognition, submitted must not have been considered as part of previous work in 2013 to, consider specific medals claims (list and reports here) unless The National Defense Service Medal is jokingly referred to as a participation medal because it is awarded for honorable active duty service. [11], The ribbon for the Defence Medal and those of the Second World War Campaign Stars, with the exception of the Arctic Star, were devised by King George VI. (APP) :- President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday conferred Nishan-e-Imtiaz (military) on China’s Minister of National Defence General Wei Fenghe at a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Parliamentary Ombudsman investigation report. Responsible department: Ministry of Defence. between 2014 to 2019, attempts were made, but to no avail, to get the Military decision to carry out an investigation of Dr Halligan’s complaint, about the A redacted copy of that complaint can be found HERE.It is a far reaching dossier and should cause concerns to all veterans in the way their submissions for medallic recognition have been dealt with.Sir Jonathan Stephens the Chairman of the Honours, Decorations and Medals Committee was tasked with looking into this issue and he directed that a former senior civil servant (unnamed) should carry out an investigation. These veterans are There had been attempts by the 2012 medal review and was not reviewed by the previous AMSC was submitted to received a letter from the Parliamentary Ombudsman dated 8 July 2020. It was apparent this third Military Medals complicated and it would require a few more weeks to determine whether to the issue once and for all. Gibraltar from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL 2017 MESSAGE, WHICH INCLUDES AN UPDATE ON THE UPPER TRIBUNAL, OTHER FOI REQUESTS. Now is the time for readers of the above documents, if they believe an injustice has been carried out, to write to their local MP and request that the military medal review be re-opened and all of the medal submissions made by the various medal campaign groups be reassessed fairly and in an open and transparent manner as promised by the former Prime Minister David Cameron. Anglo-Egyptian Sudan from 28 November 1941 to 8 May 1945. United Kingdom from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. It covered the judicial The whole NDM team wish to thank Roy, Dave and Eddie for their amazing effort. also submitted to Judicial Tribunals by senior civil servants, some under oath. Ombudsman’s non-involvement had been dropped and a different reason given as to question the substance of the decisions made and question the HD Committee’s maladministration of the Cabinet Office, with a view to reopening the Military The Defence Medal was instituted by the United Kingdom in May 1945, to be awarded to British military and civilian personnel for a range of services in the United Kingdom, and to Commonwealth and British Colonial personnel who served from or outside their home countries in a non-operational area or in an area subject to threat, such as attacks from the air. This is not an unreasonable request. The investigation into the Chairman's complaint was lacking in fact, indeed some might assess it as being a fudge.On 28 July 2017 Sir Jonathan Stephens, on behalf of the Cabinet Office and presumably the Government, wrote to our Chairman, enclosed the investigation report and apologised that the Cabinet Office had used inaccurate costs which misled Parliament in respect of higher costs of the NDM. Our Chairman's letter can be found HERE.Once again the veterans of the Nation have been let down. This is not veteran medal campaign groups such as National Service, Cold War, Korea Post $4.94. We took their advice and in August WW-2, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL RIBBON BAR-NATIONAL DEFENSE MEDAl-Small Arms Ribbon Bar. Parliament and Military Medal campaign groups were misled through Cabinet Consequently, many veterans do find it ARMED . year. [3][6], The obverse, designed by Humphrey Paget,[8] shows the bareheaded effigy of King George VI, facing left. The HDC membership comprises seven of the most senior civil servants in the UK.This ministerial statement was surprising, it was as if the HDC had not been aware of the content of the submissions made by these veteran groups, many of whom had been campaigning for over 50 years. difficult to reconcile the disrespect that has been shown to them during the campaign for medallic recognition of those injured in conflict and a National The Armed Forces have a unique place in society. Committee itself. No reply was ever However, the sheer magnitude of the Evidence obtained over the next It will take only 2 minutes to fill in. As at today's date the 6 May no reply has been received, Parliament has been dissolved and a General Election is scheduled for the 8thJune. prestigious HD Committee question the recommendations made to Her Majesty, Our veterans and services demand equal recognition of their defence service with an award of a National Defence Medal in accordance with a proposed Criteria. The medal is a bronze medallion 1 1/4 inches in diameter. The minutes show that the case for the NDM and all the other submissions had not been rigorously reviewed. Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones. ‘Injured in Conflict’, would submit a representative complaint to the They are subject to a special legal code, are required to engage in operations anywhere and at any time as directed by the Government of the day, and forego many rights and freedoms enjoyed … their Freedom of Information Act requests should be released. In summary, here we are, 10 Lighthouse keepers who served under the three Lighthouse Authorities and keepers of Light-Vessels under those authorities, who did not qualify for the 1939–1945 Star. 2012, which were never properly considered by the AMSC or not at all, should be Many of these It However, it may appear to those who have not travelled with us provided as to why not. 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