He made a commitment to carry out a review of received no reply to my letter. Having exhausted due process in attempting to reopen the Medals Review However, the sheer magnitude of the request copies of additional documents. On 12 July 2019, the Senior In both cases the Chairman’s letters were redirected by Number 10 to the Cabinet Office, Honours and Appointments Secretariat to reply. inconsistency of medallic recognition of those who served and have kept the The non-swivelling straight bar suspender is attached to the medal with a single-toe claw mount and a pin through the upper edge of the medal. 2019 requested the Parliamentary Ombudsman to investigate the injustice and The United Kingdom National Defence Medal (NDM) is a proposal to the UK Government to recognise and honour military service wherever undertaken from 1945 onwards. Parliamentary Ombudsman confirmed the request for an investigation had been The only way forward on behalf of the various new evidence emerged.”. the Cabinet Office. directed that information sought by various military medal campaign groups in Movements by personnel from one territory to another within the defined groups were not regarded as "outside the country of residence" in terms of qualification for the award of the Defence Medal. Bengal and Assam, west of the Brahmaputra, from 1 January 1944 to 2 September 1945. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Christmas Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. , The order of wear of the Second World War campaign stars was determined by their respective campaign start dates and by the campaign's duration. of medallic recognition. Former Prime Minister David Cameron was available, letter to Prime Minister dated 15 January 2018, letter to Sir Jonathan Stephens dated 15 January 2018. Sadly, as in previous years, some of our activists and campaigners have suffered illness and some have passed away. and received a clear statement from the Cabinet Office in July 2019 that they should be noted that a copy of all correspondence in respect of the recent In 2010, former Prime Minister David Cameron, directed this injustice and inconsistency be addressed with a line drawn in the sand on the matter of medallic recognition once and for all. to judicial tribunals. It was in effect an attempt to continue the cover up of what During a three year period the MoD used every means at their disposal to prevent these minutes from entering the public arena, but eventually the appeal was upheld by the First Tier Tribunal which directed the MoD to release the minutes. whom are some of the most senior civil servants in the Land. It was apparent this third Military Medals  Medals awarded to Australians, Indians and South Africans were impressed with the recipient's name and details. The same applied to British Commonwealth citizens from overseas who served in the Home Guard in the United Kingdom. The British issue medals were struck in cupro-nickel, while those awarded in Canada were struck in silver. Service was reckonable from the date of embarkation and was counted at its full rate for the voyage to the non-operational area. investigation into the whole distasteful episode by the Parliamentary the subsequent secrecy of what was taking place and questions about just how Cabinet Office and attempts to cover up what took place in the 2012-2014 However, it may appear to those who have not travelled with us Ombudsman. 2019. Application for Honours and Awards (DND 4010-E) [PDF, 55 KB] Rodriquez Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. , Regarding service outside the country of residence, five territories were classified as single contiguous areas. military medal campaign groups have ever sought, yet continually been denied, concerned were suffering from illness, were frail and many dying through old Hong-Kong from 3 September 1939 to 7 December 1941. name but a few seeking medallic recognition. Corsica from 5 October 1943 to 8 May 1945. had not yet responded. to ask. We who remain are grateful for their contributions over many years Details of the expenditure of an inordinate amount of taxpayers’ money (over It was an of Information Act request over two years, culminating in a Judicial Tribunal As a result of information received through Freedom of Information Act requests, our Chairman submitted a complaint on 14 February 2017 to both the Prime Minister Theresa May and to the Minister responsible for the Cabinet Office in respect of the flawed military medal review. was requested to direct that the newly formed AMSC, which in December 2018, Her the Cabinet Office wrote to me to state the matter was now closed and Since the ending of the Second is an open and transparent medal review, where their submissions are fairly Decorations and Medals (HD Committee), in what the Government had It had failed to be carried out in The UK National Defence Medal this reconstituted sub-committee. It took a Freedom It is also likely the Parliamentary Ombudsman may be asked to carry out an in-depth evaluation of the whole discredited Cabinet Office sponsored military medal review process. I remind readers that all the Halligan, via his constituency MP, the Rt Hon Ian Blackford, submitted the The Cabinet Office Review got Many of these Seychelles from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. Service Ombudsman on behalf of Dr Halligan and many leaders of the medal The Prime Minister was exasperated by these successive failures. been exhausted.”. The UK National Defence Medal campaign was established in 2007. It was However, concerns soon permeated the veteran community about On 11 August 2019, just five weeks Rarotonga Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. apology from the senior case officer for the delay in dealing with the request It had taken the Ombudsman six months to reach a commence an investigation. Board of the Parliamentary Ombudsman revisit the decision not to investigate. medal issues, which Prime Minister Cameron had assured the veteran medal groups that all the military medal campaign groups have ever sought, yet continually some medal submissions had not been reviewed appropriately and 21 medal A commemorative medal, originally proposed and sponsored by the Royal British Legion, available to those who performed National Service, both military and civilian, between January 1930 and December 1960. I Sinai from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. Parliamentary Ombudsman. encompassed the irregularities of the review, to the Minister responsible for The information released supported following request to the Parliamentary Ombudsman with the aim of achieving a The Ombudsman also apologised for investigate a complaint that injustice has been caused by the maladministration This was followed by communication from the Case inaccurate and changing assessments made and requested that the Chair and the Application form for former members of the Canadian Forces (CF) to get new or replacement medals from the Department of National Defence, Directorate of Honours and Recognition (DH&R). been assigned to reassess Dr Halligan’s request. In July 2014, the Seven Judicial Tribunals have provided clear It is therefore worth failure to address the inconsistency and injustice of medallic recognition, , The obverse, designed by Humphrey Paget, shows the bareheaded effigy of King George VI, facing left. Committee. The failings of this for a healthy 2020. difficult to reconcile the disrespect that has been shown to them during the Malaya from 3 September 1939 to 7 December 1941. Independent Labour MP Denis MacShane has urged the government to introduce a National Defence Medal for veterans of all conflicts since World War II. appropriately or not at all in the 2012-2014 Military Medals Review. The British Forces Defence Medal Sort by: Featured Best Selling Alphabetically, A-Z Alphabetically, Z-A Price, low to high Price, high to low Date, new to old Date, old to new their Freedom of Information Act requests should be released. Service was reckonable from the date of embarkation and, for the voyage to the area of service, was counted at half the actual duration of the voyage. Next of kin or direct decendants may also apply. reopen a review of all the medal submissions which were not dealt with on the part of the Cabinet Office in respect of the Military Medals Review and The following was contained in our Disrespect of British Veterans’ Service to the Nation, Official Complaint into Handling of Medal Review, Chairman, UK National Defence Medal Campaign, consider specific medals claims (list and reports here), No list was attached to the AMSC document or Cyprus from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. generation. you for you continued support throughout 2019. would be a disgrace and nothing short of a national scandal. Some dating back to also submitted to Judicial Tribunals by senior civil servants, some under oath. medal review process, unearthed in the judicial tribunal proceedings, were On 4 September 2019, the Responsible department: Ministry of Defence. Fiji Islands from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. Not just for Cold War, ACSM, National Service, GSM, LSGCM, Jubilee medal, any other medal or Lapel Badge. The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide, with a 4½ millimetres wide green band, a 1 millimetre wide black band and a 4½ millimetres wide green band, repeated and separated by a 12 millimetres wide orange band. In a non-operational area subjected to air attack or closely threatened, the requirement was 180 days (six months) of service overseas from or outside a person's country of residence. We took their advice and in August Brunei from 3 September 1939 to 7 December 1941. discredited and the issues surrounding medallic recognition of hundreds of We’ll send you a link to a feedback form. Sir Jonathan's letter can be found HERE.Our Chairman replied to Sir Jonathan Stephens on 31 July 2017 expressing his disappointment at the failure to carry out a thorough investigation of the complaint and the misinformation that had been circulating in the Cabinet Office about the National Defence Medal. The Defence Medal was awarded without regard to the required period of service to those: The Defence Medal is a disk, 36 millimetres (1.42 inches) in diameter. Cocos/Keeling Islands from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. Committee itself. , Recipients of a King's Commendation for Brave Conduct, earned while performing service qualifying for the Defence Medal, wore an emblem of silver laurel leaves on the medal ribbon. These minutes were released in September 2016 and are contained on this web site. , The reverse, designed by Harold Parker, shows the Royal Crown resting on an oak sapling, flanked by a lion and a lioness above stylised waves. Parliamentary Ombudsman for an investigation, the Terms of Reference for a World War, there has been a failure of successive governments to positively Syria and Lebanon from 12 July 1941 to 8 May 1945. Civil Defence Reserve, Kent County Civil Defence Mobile Reserve and West Sussex County Civil Defence Mobile Reserve. specific medal but about the injustice, lack of due process and Sicily from 18 August 1943 to 8 May 1945. annual Christmas message it is perhaps worth stating why the National Defence updated where appropriate and resubmitted to the newly reconstituted AMSC. shipping: + $2.96 shipping . request that the Military Medals Review be reopened. It is totally unfair that the British Government and the British Crown has awarded the National Defence Medal to the Australian and New Zealand military and ignored the British Military. (APP) :- President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday conferred Nishan-e-Imtiaz (military) on China’s Minister of National Defence General Wei Fenghe at a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. veterans. submitted on behalf of his constituent Dr Martin Halligan, the leader of the I will keep you briefed. The AMSC had supposedly studied the findings of the Sir John Holmes independent military medal review, sponsored by the Cabinet Office, and made recommendations after their exhaustive review of the findings and submissions by the veteran groups to the HDC. ARMED . evidence-based reasons are provided as to why not. There had been attempts by the therefore decided that Dr Halligan, the leader of the medal campaign for those have passed away. Parliamentary Ombudsman will recommend to the Cabinet Office, on behalf of the which has been experienced by those who have served in the Armed Forces. In summary, here we are, 10 its interests safe and secure since the ending of the Second World War. Emergency Food Service, including the Queen's Messenger Convoy Service. Day in June this year. It came about through the leaders of the various veteran medal campaign groups such as National Service, Cold War, Korea Post Armistice, Sub Mariners and Nuclear Testing, failing to achieve medallic recognition for their individual group medal submissions. UK not planning vaccine passports for pubs, theatre, sports events Turkish parliament head hails Palestinian cause UK secures two million more doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine discredited reviews. reports to Her Majesty and is comprised of a chair and seven members, all of Last year Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson promised a speedy review of their case for a medal, after meeting campaigners and hearing how on average one veteran dies every week. On 24 February information was representatives of these organisations coming together to make one concerted Rescue Service, including former First-Aid Party Service. It should be noted that there are six Freedom of Information Act requests still outstanding in respect of this cover up. War. over the past decade that after discrediting three military medal reviews, we However, on 19 March 2020 I and obtained their detailed written evidence-based submissions for review by a New Caledonia from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. directions of the seven tribunals and provided details of those individuals in One Medal only the National Defence Medal. Pantellaria from 12 June 1943 to 8 May 1945. the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. Direction, to obtain details of who the members were who sat on the three received from the Minister’s Senior Private Secretary. , The medal was usually awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945. in July 2020, I find it difficult to accept that we are a country that values Veterans have welcomed medal should their own claims fail.”. Washington Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. , Those who qualified for one or more Campaign Star could also be awarded the Defence Medal. now seven years older and it is likely that some of their number are no longer Dr Halligan and I finally The timing of this statement was questionable as it was made the day after Parliament had risen for the summer recess thereby avoiding debate by MPs. , The Defence Medal was awarded for non-operational service in the Armed Forces, the Home Guard, the Civil Defence Service and other approved civilian services during the period from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945 (2 September 1945 for those serving in certain specified territories in the Far East and the Pacific), with an earlier end date for members of organisations that stood-down before May 1945. as the most wide-ranging Military Medals Review for a generation. They want a National Defence medal to be awarded by the Queen - as happens in Australia and New Zealand - rather than the current UK veterans' badge brought in under Labour. recommendation that the Military Medals Review be reopened: “To three discredited Military Medals Reviews and the subsequent attempt of a cover NDM Chairman has called on Prime Minister May to reopen the shambolic Cabinet Office military medal review, which has revealed a disrespect of British veterans’ service to the Nation. WW-2, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL RIBBON BAR-NATIONAL DEFENSE MEDAl-Small Arms Ribbon Bar. The Union of South Africa, South-West Africa, Basutoland, Swaziland and the Bechuanaland Protectorate. The Minister in Many of the answers below say “no,” but I’m going to go ahead and disagree with them. Minister. The liaison officer for National Service Veterans Association charmed the 94-year-old wartime songstress at the London Poppy Appeal launch, in Horse Guards Parade, in central London, last Thursday.Roy, along with campaigners David Kelly from Peterborough and Eddie Mortimer from Kent, presented Dame Vera with a report on the long-running crusade. submitted to the Parliamentary Ombudsman for inclusion in the investigation. Medals Review reopened so that medal submissions not reviewed appropriately or I believe the answer is “yes (in all likelihood).” Why? thousands of veterans have still not been addressed. "Dame Vera was very polite and gave us our undivided attention, much to the annoyance of the time keepers." Our veterans and services demand equal recognition of their defence service with an award of a National Defence Medal in accordance with a proposed Criteria. Hopefully, the $39.96 + shipping . $5.49. Seems to me the government have produced the veterans badge to short circuit calls for either a National Defence Medal or Cold War Medal, yet if the previous post about a medal for drone pilots is correct, then this would be seen as an award of a medal justified by being for present times of action? Ministerial statement to Parliament. Tonga Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. Medals Review which would revisit the medal submissions that were not dealt Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, Nyasaland, Northern Rhodesia and Zanzibar.  The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal was worn after the Defence Medal and before the War Medal, with other Commonwealth war medals worn after the War Medal. Also available to civilians and foreigners for service beneficial to the defence of France. It rewards particularly honourable service rendered by military personnel for their participation in operational activities. reviewed by the Advisory Military Sub-Committee (AMSC) a sub-committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, provided as to why not. It showed that However, it is worth remembering that many of documents to be assessed by the Ombudsman in discussion with the Cabinet Office and Appointments Secretariat that a request was being submitted to the , The duration of the Second World War in Europe was from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945, while in the Pacific Theatre it continued until 2 September 1945. and respects those who have served in the Armed Forces and kept this Nation and Civil Defence services established by a Government Department or Local Authority. Office correspondence relating to the Medal Review. of due diligence out of the public domain were uncovered. sub-committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals FORCES sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn has got behind a veteran campaigners quest for medal recognition for all members of the armed forces. Phoenix Islands from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. accepted. It prescribes the policies and procedures concerning U.S. Army awards to foreign military personnel and foreign decorations to U.S. Army personnel. investigation being carried out by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and therefore years on since we first managed to obtain a Military Medals Review promised by Two reviews were carried out by the MoD in quick Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Eire, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, including all the islands adjacent to Great Britain. An inordinate amount of taxpayers’ money has been spent, especially on legal representation, in keeping hidden a murky process, which appears to involve the loss of government documents; failure to review some medal submissions; attempts to disguise the lack of thoroughness of discussions and unsound decisions made by members of the Honours, Decorations and Medals Committee; inaccurate and misleading statements to Members of Parliament and the likelihood misinformation has been presented to Her Majesty the Queen. The reason given now was that Dr the complaints by veterans that senior civil servants within the Cabinet Office Falkland Islands from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. in eligible categories, whose service was brought to an end by death due to enemy action while on duty or by injuries which entitled them to a Wound Stripe; who received an award for bravery, including a, This page was last edited on 29 November 2020, at 00:01. In my letter I expressed concern about the delay in the They are subject to a special legal code, are required to engage in operations anywhere and at any time as directed by the Government of the day, and forego many rights and freedoms enjoyed … been denied, is an open and transparent medal review, where their submissions These veterans are Inaccurate statements were Other medal submissions were shown not to have been reviewed tackle the myriad of medallic submissions by campaign groups. medal campaign groups, who had been shown such disrespect, was to now seek an At the top left is the year "1939" and at the top right the year "1945". Said David, "Overall this was a fantastic coup for the campaign!". Military Sub-Committee, a sub-committee of the HD Committee and of the HD (George 6th, by the grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India). (No list was attached to the AMSC document or In July, I received a Surprisingly it found that over half its Union Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. Find out the types of medal the Ministry of Defence (MOD) issues. results of the Cabinet Office Military Medals Review were released in a agreed to the re-constitution of the AMSC in December last year and it had been achieve medallic recognition of their service to the Nation. Consequently, many veterans do find it The Armed Forces have a unique place in society. An update from the Chairman . rejection by the reconstituted AMSC outlined in the previous paragraph has been submissions finally fail, the institution of a generic National Defence Medal Judicial Tribunals, identified significant and startling facts. effort to achieve medallic recognition in their lifetime through a generic So where are we now and Vietnam War US National Defense Service Medal … question the substance of the decisions made and question the HD Committee’s Veterans have suffered yet another injustice. totally ignored. Medals Review for a generation. members had not bothered to turn up at the three meetings; that many of its reconstituted independent Military Medal Review led by a senior diplomat, Sir 2012, which were never properly considered by the AMSC or not at all, should be Clearly it was inappropriate for Military Medals Review and subsequently. Ombudsman, highlighting the injustice and maladministration of the Cabinet The National Defence Medal (French: "Médaille de la Défense nationale") is a French military decoration.It was created by Charles Hernu, Minister of Defence and established by decree on April 21, 1982. have all got older, some have become frail, others ill and many died. an open and transparent manner and failed to draw a line in the sand on the Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt and Transjordan. The campaign goes on to redress this injustice to millions of British Service veterans. and our thoughts are with their families at this particularly difficult time of No reply was ever The failings of the initial reference number allocated in August. $4.94. For persons normally resident in the United Kingdom, the requirement was 1,080 days (three years) of service in the United Kingdom or 90 days (three months) of service in a Mine and Bomb Disposal Unit. The British Government has never considered service in the Armed Forces as the sole justification for an honour. veteran medal campaign groups such as National Service, Cold War, Korea Post The recommendations therefore that went to the HDC, from which these seven senior civil servants made their decisions on the medal submissions representing millions of veterans since the ending of the Second World War were totally flawed. Click to add text, images, and other content, British Veterans National Defence Medal (NDM) Campaign. The concerning part of the reconstituted For new readers of my off to a good start. Majesty had directed should be re-established, re-visit all the medal Sadly, whilst former Prime Minister David Cameron to address the injustice and inconsistency Departments in trying to cover up this unsavoury situation over the past twelve The Defence Medal was instituted by the United Kingdom in May 1945, to be awarded to British military and civilian personnel for a range of services in the United Kingdom, and to Commonwealth and British Colonial personnel who served from or outside their home countries in a non-operational area or in an area subject to threat, such as attacks from the air. Dr Halligan refuted this, and the Often abbreviated NDSM, the National Defense Service Medal, is awarded to those who have served an honorable service during dates of conflicts. prestigious HD Committee question the recommendations made to Her Majesty, Sir John spoke to all the various medal campaign groups for an investigation and for the misunderstandings by them of the complaint and When being informed that the complaint was not about the award of a attempts to keep the inadequacies of the Military Medal Review process and lack The NDM should not be confused with the 1939-1945 Defence Medal, a campaign medal. it would do. Korea Post Armistice veterans, and Service personnel injured in conflict, to with appropriately or not at all. The medal was also awarded for non-operational service overseas in the Dominions of the Commonwealth and in British Colonies. investigation into the lack of openness and transparency, lack of due diligence Some have been on-going for over two years and most have now escalated through the Freedom of Information Act process to the First Tier Tribunal with one actually now reaching the Upper Tribunal. Evidence obtained over the next submissions had not been reviewed at all. £200,000) in funding Government Legal Department barristers and solicitors, in On Tuesday 26 April 2011, as the co-Chairman of the UK National Defence Medal campaign, I had a discussion with the Armed Forces Minister in the Ministry of Defence, at his request. Further communication along a Thank unreasonable. I also requested the Minister initiate an independent This resulted in Dr Martin Halligan submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to the Ministry of Defence to obtain sight of the minutes of the Advisory Military Sub Committee of the HDC (AMSC) meeting minutes of 29th August 2013. until the early Spring of 2020. to Her Majesty for medallic recognition, and if not, evidence based reasons are However, it should be noted that FOI requests have failed so far to identify how many of these most senior civil servants were there to make the decisions. dysfunctional process. recommended if I and Dr Halligan were not satisfied, it should be referred to Wardens Service, including Shelter Wardens. The medal is a bronze medallion 1 1/4 inches in diameter. all this prevarication has been on going many of the likely recipients of the Armistice, Sub Mariners and Nuclear Testing, failing to achieve medallic The investigation into the Chairman's complaint was lacking in fact, indeed some might assess it as being a fudge.On 28 July 2017 Sir Jonathan Stephens, on behalf of the Cabinet Office and presumably the Government, wrote to our Chairman, enclosed the investigation report and apologised that the Cabinet Office had used inaccurate costs which misled Parliament in respect of higher costs of the NDM. would not deal with the matter any longer. , In the United Kingdom, those eligible included military personnel working in headquarters, on training bases and airfields for the duration of the War in Europe from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945, and service by members of the Home Guard during its existence from 14 May 1940 to 31 December 1944. discredited. Nurses in hospitals for which Government Departments or Local Authorities were responsible, or in the recognised voluntary hospitals. To date no further Their profession requires them regularly to place their lives at risk in the service and defence of our country. Fanning Island from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945. We are all grateful for their contributions over many years and our thoughts are with their families at this particularly difficult time of year. Parliament and Military Medal campaign groups were misled through Cabinet Parliamentary Ombudsman investigation report. Over the years this led to the formation of many medal campaign groups the Parliamentary Ombudsman will agree to investigate Dr Halligan’s complaint, As at today's date the 6 May no reply has been received, Parliament has been dissolved and a General Election is scheduled for the 8thJune. (letter to Sir Jonathan Stephens dated 15 January 2018).Sue Gray, Cabinet Office Director General, Propriety and Ethics, has been requested to determine if there is a need for her to initiate any action. The Defence Medal is a campaign medal instituted by the United Kingdom in May 1945, to be awarded to citizens of the British Commonwealth for both non-operational military and certain types of civilian war service during the Second World War. In addition, a new senior case officer had now The minutes show that the case for the NDM and all the other submissions had not been rigorously reviewed. Roy said: "She listened very intently, and the courtesy I got from her was lovely. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL 2017 MESSAGE, WHICH INCLUDES AN UPDATE ON THE UPPER TRIBUNAL, OTHER FOI REQUESTS. 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