WW2 Medals for Civilians?

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  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.
     
  3. Specifically what medals and qualifying criteria would firefighters etc. get?
     
  4. FFS there shed loads of them, even one for animals,do a Google Search
     
  5. I've tried, but the person I am researching for is sadly very vague about the episode in his life.
     
  6. Defence Medal - Wiki it for more details
     
  7. How so, all you need is a name and date really, but it helps if you know which medal he was awarded
     
  8. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    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?

    Linky Last page...
     
  10. PM sent
     
  11. Cheers.
     
  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.
     
  13. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    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.