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What Next?

Posted by National Defence Medal on July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (41)

It is not always possible to reveal every effort that is going on behind the scenes, but just remember the House of Lords is still in session, and the Cabinet Office publish reports every day.

A very significant target has been missed, but as one target passes another comes into focus.


We have not given up working to get this resolved, MP’s havn't actually contributed much to the substance of the report, they only step in at the end, the Government machine ploughs on with or without MP’s sitting in the HoC.


Stay positive until we have reason not to be. We are still very much in the mix.


Posted by National Defence Medal on July 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (29)

We were given the strongest possible indications that an announcement would be no later than the 22nd July 2014, only to be let down yet again.  In the final minutes of the last day before the parliamentary summer recess we indirectly received the following statement:

I am sorry not to have replied before now to your several e-mails asking when an announcement will be made about the review of military medals. I am also sorry not to returned your telephone calls but I have been away from my desk for much of this week.

I can confirm that the position is that no decision has yet been made about when an announcement will be published. It will not be today and will certainly be after the parliamentary summer recess.

Yours sincerely,


Cabinet Office

Honours and Appointments Secretariat

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ



Announcement due in July

Posted by National Defence Medal on June 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (90)

We have tried not to speculate too much on these matters, but we’ve received what we feel is reliable information that the results of the Medal Review and subsequent process will be revealed before the parliamentary summer recess.

That means we can expect to know our fate before 22nd July 2014.

We have had several false dawns and setbacks, however perhaps finally we will get the decision we have all awaited so patiently.

After re-reading our case and taking into account several new factors since its submission, I feel the claim has actually strengthened. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking with us on this journey. I am acutely aware that not everybody has agreed with our approach, but we all agree on the importance and significance of what a National Defence Medal would mean.

I hope we will be celebrating success in a matter of days.


More questions being asked

Posted by National Defence Medal on June 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (24)

Two more ministerial questions have been fired at the Cabinet Office and MoD.

Of course the answers do not give any meaningful information above and beyond what was already know, but they are at least being reminded that we are still here and waiting.

Whether or not they care is an entirely different matter.

Perhaps it is an indication that an announcement is near:

Find out more:

Cabinet Office Update

Posted by National Defence Medal on June 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (17)

Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight, Conservative) To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office


(1) when the proposals on medals policy put forward by Sir John Holmes will be published.

(2) which claims for medals remain outstanding following Royal approval of the latest proposals put forward by Sir John Holmes.

Francis Maude (The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General; Horsham, Conservative)

The next set of medal reviews is to be discussed by the Committee on the Grant of Honours this month (June 2014).

An announcement will be made once the full set of reviews is complete and has been approved in the usual way.

Armed Forces: Medals (Cabinet Office)

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 9 June 2014, c8W) MORE



MOD Coining it in !!

Posted by National Defence Medal on May 23, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (19)

Officially Licensed set of 12 British Army Commemoratives


Specifications: Weight: 28.28g, Diameter: 38.61mm ,Metal: Cupro-Nickel with 24ct Gold Ink  (And still for less than they say the price on an NDM)


An Officially Licensed set of 12 British Army Commemoratives coins/medals paying tribute to our troops past and present. Approved at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, the design for each commemorative is the meticulous work of ex-soldier and MOD illustrator Rupert Godesen and features modern facets of the British Army.


The set is Exclusive to The Westminster Collection and is Limited to just 495 worldwide. Each reverse features a modern facet of the British Army enhanced in 24 Carat Gold ink for artistic parts of the design, which include:


Infantry, Tanks, Paratrooper, Mortars, Heavy Machine Guns, Reconnaissance Vehicles, Bomb Disposal, Assault Rifle, Signals, Artillery, Anti-Tank Weapons and Snipers


The obverse of each commemorative carries the Official crossed swords insignia of the British Army enhanced with 24 carat gold ink and comes complete with numbered Certificate of Authenticity in a Deluxe Velvet Presentation Case.


Campaign Update & BFBS

Posted by National Defence Medal on May 20, 2014 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (28)

You will have hopefully noticed a new update from the Chairman on our homepage, if not take a moment to read through and comment here.


On Thursday 22nd May, BFBS will interview Colonel Terry Scriven rtd about the current state of affairs. You can expect Veterans frustrations to be made very clear and a challenge to officials to get on with it. I will post an appropriate link in due course.

To watch the interview click here:

The Duchess of Cambridge In Australia

Posted by National Defence Medal on April 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (63)

The Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Kate Middleton) bids farewell to Australia after solemn service for war dead.


Afterwards she also met with Aussie Victoria Cross Heroes, who also proudly wore their Australian Defence Medals alongside their VC's.


Proof, if any were needed, an NDM can also have a place in the UK military awards system.


The Wait Goes On.......

Posted by National Defence Medal on April 24, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (24)

We appreciate how frustrating the process must be but please be assured that Sir John Holmes and everyone else involved in the military medals review is working hard to bring the issues raised to a resolution.


As you know, HD Committee met in late January 2014 to discuss a number of proposals put forward by Sir John regarding the rules for awarding military medals. These covered the majority of the outstanding claims for medallic recognitions and the Committee’s recommendations have now received Royal approval in the usual way; a few claims require further work and an announcement will be made as soon as possible when the full set of reviews is complete and has been approved.


You must understand that many government departments have an interest in medals and need to be consulted. This is currently underway. No decisions have yet been made about what form such an announcement will take.


We hope this helps to clarify matters.


Cabinet Office, Honours and Appointments Secretariat