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War Medals awarded to Bill Cheall - World War 2, 1939-45

The 1939-1945 Star - the first in a series of eight campaign stars instituted in 1945 to recognise service in the Second World War. It was awarded for six months service in specified operational areas.

The Africa Star - Note the 8th Army stripe across the ribbon. The Star was awarded for a minimum one day service in an operational area of North Africa between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943.

The Italy Star - awarded in Bill Cheall's case for operational service in Sicily - between  June - August 1943.

The France and Germany Star - awarded for operational service in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Germany from 6 June 1944 (D-Day) to 8 May 1945.

The Defence Medal - campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in WW2.

The Defence Medal, reverse.

The Empire Medal 1939–1945 - awarded to those who served in the Armed Forces or Merchant Navy for at least 28 days between September 1939 and  September 1945.

The Territorial Efficiency Medal - awarded to NCO's and enlisted men of the Territorial Army for 12 years service, with war service to count as double.


The Empire Medal, reverse.

The Territorial Efficiency Medal, reverse.

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