just heard on the radio that a medal is about to be issued - and about time too!
andym said:My Grand dad was in the mines all his life and during the War and he never got a medal!
Greenie said:andym said:My Grand dad was in the mines all his life and during the War and he never got a medal!
There were quite a few people in WW2 that weren't included for medals.
I can't see how they can justify a medal for the bevin boys----they were conscripted and instead of going to the forces they were selected for the mines.
They didn't get blown up-shot at etc etc. or wear a uniform.
People in reserved occupations -train drivers ,munition workers etc etc didn't either! and they got quite well paid too!
And were allowed to go on strike!!
Greenie said:NuttyB your Grandad and the RAF
If he did 3 years and didn't leave the UK he still should have got the
Defence Medal and the War medal . If he was aircrew then there was a medal for it .
If he left the Uk he would have qualified for campaign stars to whichever theatre he was posted to.
They didn't give out ' wound ' medals, the yanks had a purple heart medal for wounds the UK didn't.
Your Dad may have had the same frame of mind as my Dad and Grandad. They both qualified for the 39-45 Star, Defence Medal and the War Medal but never received them. Administrative oversight? no. To receive them, you had to claim them and, on principle, neither would. Any medal you've got to ask for isn't worth having, is a phrase I seem to recall.
knowing my Grandad as i do, i would say that your probably right in your assesment. He's a stuborn bugger who even at the age of 84 doesn't like to be told to relax and sit down. Even though he can barely walk!! It would have been nice to see his gongs though as i believe that he nearly lost his life in the line of duty and deserves them. I dont however think i'll broach the subject as it may upset him!!