New Arctic Star Medal Announced for Veterans of WW2
It has been announced today, 26 February 2013, by the Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Mark Francois that all the details have been confirmed for the Arctic Star and the Bomber Command Clasp and the application process has now opened. This follows Sir John Holmes’ independent medal review and the announcement by the Prime Minister, on 19 December 2012, that these awards should be made in recognition of the great bravery of those who contributed to two very significant campaigns of World War Two.
Her Majesty The Queen has approved designs for the new awards on the basis of recommendations made by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee. The design for the Arctic Star is based on the other World War Two Stars and the Bomber Command Clasp, to be worn on the ribbon of the 1939 to 1945 Star, follows the design of the Battle of Britain Clasp.
Production of the new Arctic Star and Bomber Command clasp will commence this week and could result in up to a quarter of a million veterans, and the families of those who have sadly died, applying to receive the new awards in recognition of their unique contribution protecting Britain during World War II. Priority in issuing the awards will be given to veterans and widows who could receive their awards in a few weeks. Other next of kin may also apply now but will have to wait slightly longer to receive their award.
Since 2012, the Senior Citizen Liaison Team has been offering personalised assistance to readers (veterans and their relatives) who may wish to apply for unclaimed or lost medals from the Ministry of Defence. Mike Wedlock, Vice Chair of Trustees of the SCLT Charity created the medals assistance programme, he said, "We are delighted to see that the Prime Minister has authorised the issue of the new Arctic Star to veterans of the arctic convoys of the Second World War. Many great sacrifices were made in this most challenging area of warfare, and the survivors, and their families are truly deserving of recognition in the form of this new medal"
Any reader wishing assistance in applying for the Arctic Star can contact the SCLT Medal Programme in the usual way