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The Second World War

Defence Medal 1939 - 1945

Period:
20th Century
Description:

The Defence Medal was a campaign medal awarded to individuals who served in World War II. It was awarded to those with 3 years service at home or 6 months service overseas.

 

The front of the medal features George VI, with the inscription 'GEORGEIVS VI D: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP'.

 

The reverse shows the Royal Crown, resting on the stump of an oak tree, flanked by a lion and a lioness.  At the top left is the date 1939, and at the top right, the date 1945. The base of the medal has the words 'THE DEFENCE/MEDAL' in two lines.

Materials/Media:
silver
Dimensions:
diameter 37mm
Source:
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
Digital Number:
SQMD011a-d
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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