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British Commemorative Medals

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British Commemorative Medals (BCM) 'should be worn with pride, not alongside gallantry decorations or national medals, but separately and distinctively'.

The annual Remembrance Parade seems to highlight a growing number of these unofficial commemorative medals. Whilst you can understand an old boy wearing two or three of these medals, some of them have gone “over the top” (indeed, had they done so for real, they would at least have had 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred'!).

With hardly any wars in the latter part of the 20th century very few military bods got a gong. Indeed the government positively squeaks in its attitude of some deserving groups – the Arctic Convoy star, prisoner of war medal, injured soldier's medal etc.

Formal recognition of services to Crown & Country by the provision of a medal is often by closely guarded requirements and regulations. Many people received no such recognition from the nation for their contribution to the defence of the realm, and hence the rise of privately purchased medals (often in aid of very worthy causes). Also, there are a number of examples of 'issued' medals, that are not formally recognised and are included to

With national medals the order of wear a matter of stated fact. The Walter Mitty Order of Wear, identifies these curious medals and gives a suggested order of wear for BCM, recognising the precedents set by the medals of Britain and of the United States of America. Where appropriate the medal's 'equivalent' is included, or the reasoning behind placing it there.

Recognising Gallantry

The Combatant Service Medal

The Active Service Medal

The Hors De Combat Medal

Recognising military campaign medals

The Arabian Service Medal

The Hong Kong Service Medal

The Battle for Britain Medal