WW2 Medals for Civilians?

#1
What, if any, medals were awarded to members of civilian occupations during the Second World War?

Also, what kind of professions would have earnt any of these medals, and what timescales would have been involved?
 
#2
Fire Fighters, Police and Dock Workers three off top of my head, believe some got gallantry awards George Cross equivalant.
 
#4
blonde_guy said:
Specifically what medals and qualifying criteria would firefighters etc. get?
FFS there shed loads of them, even one for animals,do a Google Search
 
#5
tropper66 said:
blonde_guy said:
Specifically what medals and qualifying criteria would firefighters etc. get?
FFS there shed loads of them, even one for animals,do a Google Search
I've tried, but the person I am researching for is sadly very vague about the episode in his life.
 
#7
blonde_guy said:
tropper66 said:
blonde_guy said:
Specifically what medals and qualifying criteria would firefighters etc. get?
FFS there shed loads of them, even one for animals,do a Google Search
I've tried, but the person I am researching for is sadly very vague about the episode in his life.
How so, all you need is a name and date really, but it helps if you know which medal he was awarded
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#8
scarletto said:
Fire Fighters, Police and Dock Workers three off top of my head, believe some got gallantry awards George Cross equivalant.
That'll be the GC then. It's not just for the armed forces "not in the presence of the enemy".
 
#9
Specifically the War Medal 1939-45 & the Defence Medal were also awarded to certain civilians. Who says Google isn't your friend too?

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#10
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#12
Categories of Entitlement for Defence Medal

1. Ex-member of the Armed Force or of the Women’s Military Auxiliary Services.

2. Home Guard

3. Medical Services (overseas)

Joint War Organisation of British Red Cross
Society and the Order of St John of Jerusalem
Chartered Physiotherapists
(British Red Cross Society)
American Field Service
4. Philanthropic Bodies (Overseas)

Army Scripture Readers’ Association
Catholic Women’s League
Christian Scientists (Officiating Minister).
Christian Scientists Welfare Workers( Librarians and Secretaries )
Church Army
Church of England Soldiers’,Sailors’ and Airmen’s Institute
Church of Scotland.
Hibbert House
Incorporated Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Help Society
Methodist and United Board Churches
Mission to Mediterranean Garrisons.
Salvation Army.
Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s’Families Association
Toc H
Young Men’s Christian Association
Young Women’s Christian Association
5. Voluntary Societies under the Council of British Society for Relief Abroad

Catholic Committee for Relief Abroad
Guide International Relief Service
International Voluntary Service for Peace
Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad
Joint War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John of Jerusalem.
Salvation Army
Save the Children Fund, Registered Charity
Scout International Relief Service
World Student Relief ( also known as International Student Service) ( London Committee).
Young Women’s Christian Association.
6. N.A.A.F.I. ( Overseas)

N.A.F.F.I.Women’s Voluntary Service
Civilian Uniformed Employees.
Entertainment National Service Association
7. Other Organisations and independent members ( Overseas)

Allied Expeditionary Force Club
Army Schoolmistresses, Malta.
Assistant Commissioners H.M Forces war Savings Committee
Civil Defence Service Overseas Column
Interpreters
National Fire Service Overseas Column
Technical Representative Civilian . R.E.M.E
Telecom Personnel (Cable and Wireless Ltd
War Correspondents including Americans who served between 3/9/39 and 8/12/41 inclusive
War Office King’s Messengers
Women’s Voluntary Service A.W.S.
Women’s Transport Service A.W.S.
Women’s Transport Service F.A.N.Y.Special Parties.
8. Civil Defence Warden service including Shelter Warden

9. Civil Defence Rescue Service, including former First Aid Party Services, or in London, Stretcher Party Services

10. Civil Defence Decontamination Service

11. Civil Defence Report and Control Service

12. Civil Defence Messenger Service.

13. Civil Defence Ambulance Service including sitting Case Cars.

14. Civil Defence First Aid Service, including First Aid Posts and Points. Public Cleaning Centres. Mobile Cleaning Units and the Nursing Service for public air-raid shelters.

15. Civil Defence Gas Identification Service.

16. Rest Centre Service.

17. Emergency Food Services including Queen’s Messenger Convoy Services

18. Canteen Services.

19. Administration and Information Centre Services not Ministry of Information Services

20. Mortuary Services

21. Fire guards

who performed duties under a local authority in any areas where the establishment of a fire guard organisation was compulsory or was approved by the Regional Commissioner in Northern Ireland, the Ministry responsible being service which was qualifying service for the award of Chevrons for war services
including civil defence and Fire brigade personnel who performed duties at government or business premises under arrangements made under the Fire Guard Business and Government Premises Order 1943, or any previous provision or under the corresponding Order in Northern Ireland being service which was qualifying service for the award of Chevron for war service
22. E.N.S.A (Entertainments National Service Association)

23. Women’s Voluntary Service for Civil Defence

being members who were eligible for war service red chevrons by reasons that they performed on behalf of a local authority duties analogous to those, of the eligible local authority civil defence services, and were engaged in a section of the W.V.S , which had,or would have had, operational functions during or immediately after enemy Reserve.. authorities, who do not qualify for the W.V.S members who were enrolled members of one of the eligible local authority services should apply as laid down for categories 8 - 19 above.
24. Civil Nursing Reserve.

25. Nurses or Midwives in hospitals for which Government Department or Local Authorities are responsible, or in the recognised voluntary hospitals

26. National Fire Services including services in a local authority Fire Brigade or the Auxiliary Fire Services prior to nationalisation.

27. Police Regular Police, First Police Reserve, Police War Reserve, Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps, Police Auxiliary Messenger Service, Special Constabulary.

28. Royal Marine Police Special Reserve..

29. Admiralty Civil Police.

30. War Department Constabulary.

31. Air Ministry Constabulary.

32. Railway and Dock Police

33. Civil Defence Services set up by Railway Dock authority and Canal Undertakings

34. American Ambulance. Great Britain

35. Civil Air Transport, Air crew only

36. Air Transport Auxiliary, Air crew only

37. Civil Defence Reserve

38. Kent County Civil Defence Mobile Reserve

39. West Sussex County Civil Defence Mobile attacks

40. Coast Guard

41. Civil Servants forming departmental Civil Defence organisations

42. Lighthouse keepers who served under the three general lighthouse Authorities, and keepers of Light Vessel under those authority, who do not qualify for the 1939 - 45 Star

43. Port of London Authority River Emergency Service

44. Clyde River Patrol.

45. Royal Observer Corps.

46. Volunteer Stretcher Bearers Emergency Hospital Scheme

47. Male Orderlies in Casualty Evacuation Trains Emergency Medical Service

48. Emergency Information Officers and their helpers( who served under the Ministry of Information, and including Deputy E.I.Os.Announcers, Drivers, and Messengers, if engage in a section of the Service which had, operational functions during or immediately after enemy attack.

49. R.A.F. Education Officers serving in the United Kingdom

50. Enrolled lifeboat men R.N.L.I. who do not qualify for the 1939 - 45 Star.
 

oldbaldy

LE
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#13
A couple of years ago I was asked to help someone who was Firefighter get his medal. Lots of phone calls & in the end turns out that one is done by the Cabinet Office.
 
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