News story: Sir John Homes independent medal review 2014 update

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  1. Berlin airlift


    The General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘BERLIN AIRLIFT’ will be awarded for at least one day’s service to all aircrew, RAF and civilians who took part in the Berlin Airlift operation from 25 June 1948 to 6 October 1949 inclusive.

    Applications for the new clasp will be assessed from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be made towards the end of that month (however these timings remain under review). Applications will be dealt with in date order.

    Cyprus 1955-59


    Those who participated in the suppression of acts of terrorism in Cyprus between 1 April 1955 and 18 April 1959 will qualify for the General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘CYPRUS’ if they served for 90 days or more.

    The qualifying period has been reduced from 120 days, bringing it into line with the qualifying period for service during the Kenya anti-terrorism campaign. Applications will be dealt with in date order.

    Cyprus 1963-64


    Following the ‘Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review’ the government has announced that a new clasp has been given approval.

    Those servicemen who served in Cyprus during the period 21 December 1963 to 26 March 1964 will be awarded the General Service Medal (1962) with clasp ‘CYPRUS 1963-64’.

    Applications for the new clasp will be assessed from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be dispatched towards the end of that month (however these timings remain under review). Applications will be dealt with in date order.

    South Atlantic: The South Atlantic Medal


    The medal with distinguishing rosette was awarded for 1 days’ service in the Falkland Islands or their dependencies or in the South Atlantic, south of 35° south and north of 60° south, or for 1 operational sortie south of Ascension Island, between 2 April and 14 June 1982.

    Following the ‘Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review’ the qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal without the Rosette will be extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982, when the airfield at Mount Pleasant became operational.

    Applications for the South Atlantic Medal will be dealt with in date order.

    Full details are laid out in DCI JS: RN J 496/82, Army J 274/82 and RAF J 218/82.

    Application form link to apply for a medal.

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  2. This is supposedly an update of an earlier news story from last year, but they've still not got it right. Apart from spelling Sir John Holmes' name wrongly in the headline ( " Homes", for pity's sake!) they still say:

    Following the ‘Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review’ the qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal without the Rosette will be extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982, when the airfield at Mount Pleasant became operational.

    Mount Pleasant was still a desolate bog near the track from Stanley to Fitzroy in October 1982. What they are probably alluding to is the date when the airfield at Stanley became able to operate Phantoms. (OK, for purists, RAF Mount Pleasant is still a desolate bog near the track from Stanley to Fitzroy....)
     

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