Thursday, 28 February 2013

Bomber Command Clasp & Arctic Convoy Medal

I have today called on former aircrew of Bomber Command and the Arctic Convoys to contact my office now that the application process has opened to veterans of both campaigns.

This week, the Government announced 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.

Her Majesty the Queen has approved designs for the new awards. 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 has now commenced 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.

I am delighted that those who served our country in Bomber Command and on the Arctic Convoys are to be finally recognised. I am sure that the whole community in Leigh will support this announcement and that’s why I am today inviting applications through my office from veterans of these two campaigns.

I also welcome the fact that the families of those no longer alive will also be able to apply for these awards.

The eligibility criteria is set out in this brief.