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

Obverse View

The Burma Star obverse view

About the Burma Star

The Burma Star was awarded for service in the Burma campaign from 11 December 1941 to 2 September 1945. This medal was also awarded for certain specified service in China, Hong Kong, Malaya and Sumatra: between 26 December 1941 and 2 September 1945 (for Hong Kong); between 16 February 1942 and 2 September 1945 (for China and Malaya); and between 24 March 1942 and 2 September 1945 (for Sumatra). Second World War service in China, Hong Kong, Malaya and Sumatra after 8 December 1941 but prior to the above start dates was recognised by the award of the Pacific Star.

Personnel qualifying for both the Burma Star and the Pacific Star were awarded the first star they qualified for, and a clasp in respect of the second star.

About the ribbon

The centre of the ribbon is red (representing the Commonwealth forces) with outer stripes of dark blue (representing the British forces). The dark blue bands each have at their centres a stripe of bright orange (symbolising the sun).

Medal Eligibility Rules

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

Clasps and Bars

One clasp, ‘Pacific' was awarded for wear on this medal.

Order of Wear

The Burma Star is always worn after the Africa Star but before the Italy Star. Personnel will never wear both the Burma Star and the Pacific Star. The position of the Burma Star in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.