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British Commonwealth War and Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The War Medal 1939 - 45

Obverse View

The War Medal 1939 - 45 obverse view

Reverse View

The War Medal 1939 - 45 reverse view

About the War Medal 1939-45

The War Medal 1939-45 was awarded across the British Commonwealth to all fulltime members of the Armed Forces for 28 days service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 irrespective of where they were serving.

On the obverse of this medal is the effigy of King George VI. On the reverse is a triumphant lion trampling on a dragon symbolising the Axis powers.

About the ribbon

The ribbon is the red, white, and blue of the (British) Union Flag.  There is a narrow central red stripe with a narrow white stripe on either side.  There are broad red stripes at either edge, the two intervening stripes being blue.

Medal Eligibility Rules

The Eligibility Rules for the War Medal 1939-45 can be viewed here.

Clasps and Bars

No clasps or bars were issued for this medal.

Order of Wear

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