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South Atlantic Medal, Changes in Eligibility.

Published on Monday, 18 August 2014 15:15 Hits: 7040

Category: General News

SA MedalA recent change to the eligilbility roles for the South Atlantic Medal, without Rosette extends closing date for eligibilty from 12th July 1982 until the 21st October 1982. See the next couple of paragraphs extracted from HM GOV.UK website and the section entitled ‘Guidance:- Medals: Campaigns, descriptions and eligibility’. Follow this link HERE to the specific page.

Medal

Cupro nickel and circular in shape. The obverse of the medal shows the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth. The reverse bears a representation of the coat of arms of the Falkland Islands, surrounded by the words ‘South Atlantic Medal’ and a laurel wreath.

Clasp

No clasp issued though a rosette was awarded to be worn on the ribbon for those who served for one day between 2 Apr and 14 Jun 1982 within certain specified geographical boundaries.

Ribbon

A central stripe of sea green flanked on each side by stripes of white and empire blue, shaded and watered.

Criteria

The medal with distinguishing rosette was awarded for 1 days’ service in the Falkland Islands or their dependencies or in the South Atlantic, south of 35° South and north of 60° South, or for 1 operational sortie south of Ascension Island, between 2 April and 14 June 1982.

Following The Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review the qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal without the Rosette will be extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982, when the airfield at Mount Pleasant was completed. Applications for the South Atlantic Medal, under the new time extension, will be accepted from 1 October 2014 onwards. The awards will begin to be despatched towards the end of that month. Applications will be dealt with in date order.

Full details are laid out in DCI JS: RN J 496/82, Army J 274/82 and RAF J 218/82.

As soon as I get more details oh how to apply I will sitrep this page.

My thanks to Cdre Dick Thorn and Rupert Drew for the heads up.