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The 1939-1945 Star (3rd Sept. 1939 to 2nd Sept. 1945)
Six months service in an operational command, but with the following exceptions:-
1. For service in Norway, at Dunkirk, on certain specified Commando operations or other services the qualifying period is one day. 2. Airborne troops qualify with two months service in an operational unit if they had taken part in any airborne operations. 3. Qualifying service which was curtailed by death, or disability due to service, qualifies for this award. 4. A person receiving a Decoration, Mention in Dispatches or King’s Commendation qualifies for this award irrespective of length of service. 5. Time spent as a prisoner of war counted towards qualification for this Star.
The 1939-45 Star was not issued automatically those who though they qualified had to claim it.
The King’s Own
The majority of those who served during the war in the various Battalions of The King’s Own, or in King’s Own units which became Royal Artillery or Royal Armoured Corps units completed six months service in an operational command and qualified for The 1939-45 Star. All those of the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Battalions of The King’s Own and of 56th (King’s Own) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery who served in France in 1940 and took part in the Dunkirk evacuation, qualified for this Star on the strength of that service.
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