Medals: At the beginning of December, 2,037 medals awaited award to Service personnel and veterans. They consisted of 46 Iraq Medals, 130 Suez Zone clasps and 1,861 other awards. Once eligibility was established, medals were usually engraved and dispatched within two weeks, Mr Caplin said in a written answer. This was extracte from the Under Big Ben part of this months Soldier Magazine. I'm not sure if I am reading the article correctly but it seems to me that estblishing eligability must take an absolute age as it only takes two weeks to engrave an dispach a medal. Looks as if either a few Telic medals have got lost in the post or Mr Ivor Caplin Defence Minister is telling a little white lie. Also if they are only producing 46 per month I'm not that good at maths but it could take some time to get through the back log. Congrats to the 46 though they should do the lottery this weekend!