World War Two Campaign Medals

This page contains details of the qualifications required for the award of the Campaign Stars and War Medal 1939-1945. Click on to the relevant title for information.

The Star and War Medal and the ribbons of the Stars and War Medal should be worn in the following order, working outwards towards the left shoulder:

1939-45 Star - Atlantic Star - Africa Star - Pacific Star - Burma Star - Italy Star - France and Germany Star - War Medal

Campaign Medals for WWII are issued to Merchant Seafarers or close family members if deceased, upon receipt of proof of sea service in specific theatres of war. Personal application forms are available from the following address:

The Registry of Shipping & Seaman
MCA Cardiff
Anchor Court
Keen Road
CF24 5JW

Tel: + 44 (0)29 20 448800
Fax: +44 (0)29 20 448820

The information on qualifications is taken from Notice No. M279 which is no longer in print but is still valid. Photographs are taken from Marine Safety Agency booklet dated May 1994.