Reffell Family History

Military Campaign Medals - World War 2

WW2 Medals of George Alfred DaneBy the time of the next conflict the medals had changed, but the bravery and courage had not. Due to the more global nature of World War 2, there was a greater range of medals made, and six Stars and two Medals were issued. The Stars were made of bronze, with the cypher of King George VI in the centre. It was decreed that no one person could receive more than 5 stars with the two medals. Unlike the WW1 medals, they were not stamped with the recipient's name when awarded.

The medals pictured on the right are those awarded to George Alfred Dane, who was a Flight Sergeant with 149 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, based at Methwold.

Left: The 1939-1945 Star. Awarded for service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. RAF personnel had to participate in operations against the enemy for at least 2 months.

Middle: The UK War Medal. Awarded to all full-time personnel of the Armed Forces, who had an operational service of at least 28 days.

Right: The France & Germany Star. Awarded for service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany during the period 6 June 1944 to 8 May 1945, i.e. between D-Day and the end of the war. RAF aircrew had to have taken part in at least one operation sortie over Europe.