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Index 1939-45 Defence Medal

The Defence Medal was awarded for non-operational service during World War II. This type of service in the UK included those service personnel working in headquarters, on training bases and airfields and members of the Home Guard. Home Guard service counts between the dates of 14 May 1940 and 31 December 1944.

The Defence Medal was also awarded for non-operational service overseas, for example in India or South Africa.

Qualifying Time


Time Required
UK 1080 days
Overseas non-operational 360 days
Overseas non-operational in an area deemed to be closely threatened or subject to air attack 180 days

 Source: Qualification criteria from MOD;

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