Chatting to my father today and despite never once discussing it over the years I asked him today about his National Service Apparently he did is time in the ACC, travelling to Hong Kong on the MV Empire Windrush via Singapore and spending a few weeks in Malaya on the way. Due to ship breakdowns and a typhoon the journey was around two months! Due to the Windrush catching fire and sinking his return was by another ship the MV Empire Fowey. Both ships being German ships during the war and taken by Britain at the end of the war. He reckoned he was given a medal for being in a transit camp in Malaya for a fortnight on the way out, he seemed to think it a bit daft (and the medal itself lost years ago) but I was curious as to how that worked and thought some of the older Arrser's might be knowledgable on such things. Did they really dole out medals to national servicemen for that kind of thing?