Was at the funeral of a WW2 veteran relative today. Clearing his room we found his medals & paybook. He was in Cameron Highlanders and served in N Africa with 8th army. Was wounded and later captured and marched up through Italy in the 'long march' , I think it was, into a stalag in Germany. His medals were Africa star, 39-45 star & 39-45 war medal. Paperwork says he was inadmissable for Italy star & France Germany star. From 42-45 he was a POW so is that deemed inadmissable as active service? Only time he ever mentioned anything was that the Italian civvies were horrible nasty vile swines & once in the stalag, weighing bout 7 stone, his job was repairing jerry officers boots and with a chuckle he would say that of course it wasn't done right & nails were put where they shouldn't be! Now while this not may be any act of valour is it not for the war effort, who's to say it didn't contribute to the efforts on the eastern front, albeit in a small way? On my way home I stopped at the David Stirling memorial and the plaque says he was awarded an OBE for services whilst in Colditz? I'm not for a minute trying to compare my relative, a jock in the QOCH, with David Stirling, but what is the difference in theatres & effort? Wryly amusing anecdote, he always has a sturdy pair of leather brogues as they walked through their boots and said the tally civvies would stamp on their feet.