Defence Medal

Awarded to service personnel for three years’ service at home, one year’s service in a non-operational area (e.g. India) or six months’ service overseas in territories subjected to air attack or otherwise closely threatened.

The definitive list of eligible recipients was published by the Ministry of Defence in 1992 – Form DM1/DM2 and Annexe. This lists 50 different organisations and 90 sub-divisions of eligible personnel.

Clasps – None

The ribbon colours represent this green and pleasant land (green), the blackout (black) and fire bombing (orange).

Description courtesy of the MEDAL YEARBOOK. Image by John Davis © South Gloucestershire Council.