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A Birchall on the Battleship Valiant in the Mediterranean

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group belongs to Thomas William Burchell. They are unnamed except for the Naval LSGC which is impressed to D/J109394 Petty Officer T.W.Burchell, H.M.S. Valiant. The LSGC was issued on June 12th 1941. I have his papers up until 1929 and can see that when he was made P.O. in May 1941 he was on the Valiant. In this case he would have had an action packed war with convoy runs to Gibraltar, the defeat of the Italian Fleet at Cape Matapan and the Greek Campaign.

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Commemorative War Medal 1940-1941

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on May 6, 2013 by The Dude

64px-Flag_of_Greece_(1822-1978).svgInstituted by Royal decree of 19 August 1947 to recognise Royal Hellenic Armed Forces personnel who took part in operations from the outbreak of hosilities in 1940 until the fall of Crete in 1941. It is issued with two different inscriptions, one for land operations and one for actions at sea. The design of the medal was changed in 1983 to relect the change from a Kingdom to the Greek republic in 1974.

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The War Medal 1941-45

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on May 2, 2013 by The Dude

64px-Flag_of_Greece_(1822-1978).svgThis Greek medal was instituted in 1947 to commemorate participation in campaigns and actions not covered by the War Medal 1040-1941l. Again two reverses exist, one for land and one for sea actions. The land operations reverse refers to North Africa, South Aegean Islands and Italy. This example is the land version.

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The Medal of National Resistance 1941-45

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on May 2, 2013 by The Dude

64px-Flag_of_Greece_(1822-1978).svgThis is a Greek medal created in 1948 and awarded to recognise all partisans and regular troops who served in the fight against the Nazis. It was also awarded to Allied soldiers involved in the defence of Greece in 1941.

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The Medal for Outstanding Acts

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on May 1, 2013 by The Dude

64px-Flag_of_Greece_(1822-1978).svgThis is a Greek medal, instituted in 1940, that was awarded to both civilians and military for acts of an outstanding nature that did not warrant a valour award.

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