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Explanation of rank engraved on British War and Victory medals


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Came across a small slip of paper whilst looking at a RFC/RAF officers medals which may help some pals. " The rank engraved on these medals is the highest rank held by the recipient during his service overseas, as this is the service which qualifiesd him for the grant of medals".

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Slips with medals to British Army personnel have a similar slip which states: 'The rank engraved on the British War and Victory Medals is the highest rank recorded as having been held in a Theatre of War or overseas prior to 11/11/18.'

Another slip often found states: 'To avoid unnecessary correspondence, kindly note that the Regtl. particulars inscribed on the British War & Victory Medals are those held on first disembarkation in a theatre of war. The rank is the highest attained, PROVIDED IT WAS HELD IN A THEATRE OF WAR OR OVERSEAS PRIOR TO 11.11.18. Appointments such as L/Sgts., L/Cpl/, etc. are not inscribed on Medals, SPECIAL NOTE TO THOSE WHO SERVED IN RIFLE REGTS. 'Rifleman" is not inscribed on War Medals, "Pte." being the correct designation of this rank.'

Dick Flory

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