|Posted by National Defence Medal on March 5, 2009 at 3:52 AM|
In the Soldier Magazine – February 2009 Talk Back, there is a letter from an RBL member entitled “Commemorative Clarification”. The background:
He attended a Remembrance Day service in Bangkok, at which HRH Princess Alexandra, who showed a keen and knowledgeable interest in peoples medals, was in attendance. Also present at the Service were members of the Royal British Legion and Poppy Travel [a battlefield tour group from England]. The occasion became a catalyst for a number of comments from both Legion members and the Poppy Travel group about the U.K.’s medal policy. Among the medals discussed were the National Defence Medal, as proposed, and a possible British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) Medal.
In the letter to Soldier Magazine, he asked a number of legitimate questions, two of which are highlighted below, together with the answer provided in a follow up response by Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Peter Lockyer. SO2. Medal Officer.
The Questions were:
The answer provided was:
What do you think about the answer? Does it, in your view, respond adequately to the questions posed or do you think it dismissive?