News story: Sir John Homes independent medal review 2014 update

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Berlin airlift


The General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘BERLIN AIRLIFT’ will be awarded for at least one day’s service to all aircrew, RAF and civilians who took part in the Berlin Airlift operation from 25 June 1948 to 6 October 1949 inclusive.

Applications for the new clasp will be assessed from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be made towards the end of that month (however these timings remain under review). Applications will be dealt with in date order.

Cyprus 1955-59


Those who participated in the suppression of acts of terrorism in Cyprus between 1 April 1955 and 18 April 1959 will qualify for the General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘CYPRUS’ if they served for 90 days or more.

The qualifying period has been reduced from 120 days, bringing it into line with the qualifying period for service during the Kenya anti-terrorism campaign. Applications will be dealt with in date order.

Cyprus 1963-64


Following the ‘Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review’ the government has announced that a new clasp has been given approval.

Those servicemen who served in Cyprus during the period 21 December 1963 to 26 March 1964 will be awarded the General Service Medal (1962) with clasp ‘CYPRUS 1963-64’.

Applications for the new clasp will be assessed from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be dispatched towards the end of that month (however these timings remain under review). Applications will be dealt with in date order.

South Atlantic: The South Atlantic Medal


The medal with distinguishing rosette was awarded for 1 days’ service in the Falkland Islands or their dependencies or in the South Atlantic, south of 35° south and north of 60° south, or for 1 operational sortie south of Ascension Island, between 2 April and 14 June 1982.

Following the ‘Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review’ the qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal without the Rosette will be extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982, when the airfield at Mount Pleasant became operational.

Applications for the South Atlantic Medal will be dealt with in date order.

Full details are laid out in DCI JS: RN J 496/82, Army J 274/82 and RAF J 218/82.

Application form link to apply for a medal.

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Berlin Airlift - 1 ******* day!? Only the bloody Crabs.
 
#4
30 days, occasionally less, is the norm for a campaign Medal. 90 days is excessive . It can only be for monetary reasons. Clearly this review is flawed !
 
#5
What no 'I survived Belize' medal. So dissapointed :(
 
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the qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal without the Rosette will be extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982, when the airfield at Mount Pleasant became operational.
Maybe My memory has failed me, but I returned to FI in 84 and Mount Pleasant was not operational then,in fact iirc it was still being built I thought it was 85/86 when it became an operational airbase
 
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30 days, occasionally less, is the norm for a campaign Medal. 90 days is excessive . It can only be for monetary reasons. Clearly this review is flawed !
Cyprus? Ice cream tour, it's hardly having to endure 90 days.
 
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Whilst I respect the fact that you were or still are an AT. I do not understand your remarks regarding the qualification period for the GSM 1918-62 with clasp Cyprus. I served in Cyprus during the EOKA campaign with the Paras - I enjoyed my tour, along with all other tours in my 38 years service. I find your remarks re "an Ice Cream tour" to be unwarranted.
 
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Whilst I respect the fact that you were or still are an AT. I do not understand your remarks regarding the qualification period for the GSM 1918-62 with clasp Cyprus. I served in Cyprus during the EOKA campaign with the Paras - I enjoyed my tour, along with all other tours in my 38 years service. I find your remarks re "an Ice Cream tour" to be unwarranted.
Did you bite then or what?
 
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I'm waiting for a GSM Belize medal, with clasps for San Ig, PG & Raouls...


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Whilst I respect the fact that you were or still are an AT. I do not understand your remarks regarding the qualification period for the GSM 1918-62 with clasp Cyprus. I served in Cyprus during the EOKA campaign with the Paras - I enjoyed my tour, along with all other tours in my 38 years service. I find your remarks re "an Ice Cream tour" to be unwarranted.
I'm sorry, I didn't know, I never got to do the easy tours.
 
#13
Thank you for your reply. A shame that you spoilt it with sarcasm. I would have expected more from an AT. However better that we both refrain from further comment.
 

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