wearing medals

#1
Hi, anyone know the answer please.

My son passes out soon, and as an ex matelot I was wondering what's the protocol for wearing medals with a civvy suit at the passing out parade ??

thanks in advance
 
#8
Chap in the picture Lt Cdr K Kempsell won GM in 1963 as a Lt EOD officer.
London Gazette entry below

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/43169/pages/9713


The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve
the award of the George Medal to the undermentioned
Lieutenant (S.D.) Kenneth Douglas KEMPSELL fii.L, Royal
Navy.

On 15th August 1963 an explosion occurred in
a Torpedo Ready-Use Store killing two men and
severely damaging the building. The reinforced
concrete roof was brought down upon the readyuse
stock of torpedoes and warheads, crushing
them and activating at least ten batteries so that the
whole was in an extremely dangerous condition.
It was judged too dangerous to try and remove
the torpedoes and warheads from the debris and,
on 16th August, Lieutenant Kempsell led the team
which placed sixteen demolition charges against the
battery compartments of the torpedoes, some of
which by this time were hissing and bubbling and
were hot to the touch.Great difficulty was experienced in gaining access
to the battery compartments of many of the
torpedoes and considerable ingenuity was necessary
to get the demolition charges correctly spaced.
Lieutenant Kempsell did his work with great skill
and courage and his efforts resulted in a most
effective demolition operation.
 
#9
many thanks for the replies.

Also answered another question, as I'm sure I'd heard that if worn as a civvy it should be right breast.

Better get the dolphins out as well then :p
 
#11
When in civvies, you wear YOUR medals on the left breast. Just think back to when the "old boys" from the RBL or RNA, when they "parade" in their blazers for Remembrance Sunday etc.
Medals worn on the right breast are for a relative who has "cross the bar" and are worn in remembrance of them on special parades. This has come about as a custom and is not regulated by any BR/AP/JSP.
 
#12
I thought, and again I am ready to be corrected, that the only person entitled to wear the medals would be the direct descendant - so say a granddaughter could not wear her grandad's medals if the intervening relative was alive. Although, who is going to police such matters?
 

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#16
rosinacarley said:
I thought, and again I am ready to be corrected, that the only person entitled to wear the medals would be the direct descendant - so say a granddaughter could not wear her grandad's medals if the intervening relative was alive.
Yep. Spot on.
 
#17
For what it's worth, I think any descendent, either bloodline or even married into it, wearing the medals of a former serviceman or woman, should be taken as it's probably meant .. as an honour and in remembrance.

:)
 
#18
rosinacarley said:
I thought, and again I am ready to be corrected, that the only person entitled to wear the medals would be the direct descendant - so say a granddaughter could not wear her grandad's medals if the intervening relative was alive. Although, who is going to police such matters?
As I mention in my previous post - the wearing of a deceased relatives medal(s) is not regulated. It is a custom that is believed to have started soon after the Great War.

My hobby is the study of UK medals (I can't afford to collect them!) and in the various Medal Forums I am a member of, this subject has been discussed on many occasions, especially around this time of year. I also have copies of of the various Military Medal Regs and this subject is not covered in them. Thus who wears what on the RIGHT breast is open to local custom.

As long they are not passed off as your own, then no harm.
 
#19
I know we're slowly drifting off topic here but I think that any family member ought to be able to wear a deceased's medals (not that it's something I've done)- there's no point trying to enforce a hierarchy on civvies- and when you see them at remembrance parades these days it's often 6 year olds sitting on their dad's/mum's shoulders and wearing their great grandad's WW2 medals.

If that gives them a link and makes them ask some questions then all to the good.

Of course, that's not to say that the widow/child doesn't get first dibs, but that it's up to them, not us, to remember how they want.
 
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