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British Commonwealth War and Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The Africa Star

Obverse View

The Africa Star obverse view

About the Africa Star

The Africa Star was awarded for service in North Africa between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943.

Greece and Crete

New Zealand soldiers who were captured or killed in Greece or Crete in 1941 had qualified for the Africa Star before entering Greece. This was because they entered and/or were based in Egypt (North Africa) on or after 10 June 1940, before being sent to Greece.

About the ribbon

The ribbon is pale buff in colour, with a central vertical red stripe, and narrower stripes, one dark blue and the other light blue. The pale buff background symbolises the desert, the central red stripe symbolises the Army, the dark blue stripe symbolises the Navy and Merchant Navy, and the light blue stripe symbolises the Air Force.

Medal Eligibility Rules

The Eligibility Rules for the Africa Star can be viewed here.

Clasps and Bars

Three clasps are awarded with this medal.

When ribbons only were worn on military uniform, a silver rose emblem on the ribbon denoted the award of the North Africa 1942-43 clasp, while a silver Arabic "8" or "1" denoted the award of the 8th Army clasp or the 1st Army clasp, respectively.

Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

News related to the service by New Zealand military personnel which was recognised by the Africa Star


21 October 2012 - North African Veterans Attend Commemorations in Egypt

20 September 2012 - North Africa Veterans to Attend El Alamein 70th Anniversary

12 June 2012 - NZ Veterans of El Alamein Sought for 70th Anniversary

21 May 2009 - Ceremony marks the 68th anniversary of the Battle of Crete

18 May 2009 - Battle of Crete Remembered

20 April 2009 - Kiwis’ Libyan trek tracked in Anzac Day documentary