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A Birchall who didn’t deploy

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on September 21, 2019 by The Dude

Surprising this week, after a drought of a few months, a plain old garden-variety British General Service Medal (1962). The recipient is Gunner R. Birchall 23381785, Royal Artillery. The lack of any of the 14 possible theatre bars means he didn’t deploy from the UK during his service.

Another Birchall in Malaya

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on June 4, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomIt has been a good month for finding Birchalls on the intertubes. This GVI GSM is impressed to 23522812 PTE J.BIRCHALL RAOC. Because this is a GVI issue GSM, Private Birchall must have served early in the Emergency, prior to 1956. Interesting side note, it was called the Malayan Emergency because if it had been a war, then insurers would have been able to refuse claims for damage.

NW Europe and Korea Group to a Birchall

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , on April 15, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomIn my never ending quest to find and reunite medals to my family surname, usually it’s months of dross with the occasional excellent find. This group falls into the latter. This group is impressed to W.O. 2nd Class F.Birchall, 5.D.G and Lt. F Birchall, 5.D.G.

Frederick served in N.W. Europe, landing through Normandy with the Regiment in July, 1944. He fought through Belgium, the Roer and into Hamburg in 1945. After returning to the U.K., the Regiment was sent to Korea, where Frederick was awarded an MID as well as a short service commission as Lieutenant.

A Birchall in the Malaya Campaign

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on April 14, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomIn my never-ending quest to find all the Birchall or similar named groups and singles on the internets, there is this example in the post this week. Named to 23416889 SIGMN.J.I.BIRCHELL R.SIGS., it is a EIIR General Service Medal with a bar for the Malayan campaign against the communist insurgency. This post-colonial bush war ran from 1948 to 1960 and was one of the few successful attempts to keep the communists out of S.E.Asia.

70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials Commemorative Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals, 1945 + Medals with tags , , , on July 26, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_RussiaThis is a commemorative medal celebrating the 70th anniversary of the IMT trials of the major criminals in Nuremberg starting in 1946. The medal is Russian in origin but since I don’t see it listed online as an official commemorative I am going to assume it’s an unofficial “tin” medal. The words on the reverse mean “Fascism will not stand”.

A Birchall in Heavy Bombers for the RCAF

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on March 1, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_CanadaThis medal is a GVI Canadian Efficiency Decoration awarded to Wing Commander Kenneth Birchall (C1592). Ken was born in Ottawa on the 17th of March 1916. He attended the technical school in Ottawa and went on to become a Pilot-Sergeant in the RCAF, later enlisting in 1939 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Ottawa Journal records his promotion to Flying Officer (Temporary)  in January 1940. He went on to complete two tours in bombers over France and Germany and then returned to Canada. He served as the Chief Instructor at No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School at Mossbank in Manitoba. In the 14 June 1945 London Gazette he was gazetted for the Air Force Cross (AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945).  Ken had completed 1,502 hours flying as of date of award. The award was presented 1 April 1949.

The blurb for the award is as follows…

“Wing Commander Birchall, during the period of his employment as chief instructor at No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, has produced outstanding results in training efficiency. Through devotion to duty and untiring effort he contributed in great measure to raising and maintaining the efficiency and morale of this station at a very high level. His service has been outstanding for the past five years and during that period he has made a valuable contribution to the prosecution of the war.”

Aside from the missing AFC, Ken would also be entitled to the Victory Medal, the 1939-45 Star, the Air Crew Europe Star, the Defence Medal and the CVSM with Overseas Bar.

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Dunkirk Commemorative Medal 2nd Example

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals, 1945 + Medals with tags , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_FranceThis is a 1960 commemorative medal, issued through the Dunkirk Veterans Association (now disbanded) and subsequently managed by the French National Association of Veterans of the Fortified Sector of Flanders and of Dunkirk. This is my second example and I like it better because, surprisingly, I think the other one is an accursed fake! This one has much better quality characteristics.

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A Palestine NGSM to a Birchall

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on August 12, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis Naval General Service Medal, impressed to C/JX 155864 E.Burchell A/B R.N. has the 1945-1948 Palestine Bar. Most of the naval personnel involved in this brush fire war were offshore patrol craft crews attempting to interdict arms and illegal immigrant traffic into what was still the British Mandate territory of Palestine.

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International Force East Timor Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , on May 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_AustraliaThe International Force East Timor (INTERFET) Medal recognises members of the Australian Defence Force who served for 30 days (or 30 sorties) in East Timor during the INTERFET campaign (16 September 1999 – 10 April 2000). The qualifying area comprises East Timor and the sea adjacent to East Timor out to a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 km) from the low water mark.

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Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Service Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , , on May 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_MFOThe Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is an international peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. This is the MFO Service Medal.

The Multinational Force and Observers Medal is an international military decoration which was first created on March 24, 1982. The medal was established under the authority of the Director-General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) which were established to monitor a neutral ceasefire zone, between Egypt and Israel, as the result of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

The MFO is not a UN mission, but rather a multi-national force created by the annex to the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty.

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The Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , on May 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Canada Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (French: Médaille canadienne du maintien de la paix) is a campaign medal created in 1988 to recognize the contributions of all Canadian Peacekeepers towards the ultimate goal of peace, after the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations was awarded that year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Go Canada!

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UNMIT East Timor Mission Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , on May 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_NationsThe United Nations Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT) was established on August 25, 2006 by UN Security Council Resolution 1704.  Its objectives are “to support the Government in consolidating stability, enhancing a culture of democratic governance, and facilitating political dialogue among Timorese stakeholders, in their efforts to bring about a process of national reconciliation and to foster social cohesion”. In its most recent resolution on UNMIT, the Council extended its mandate until February 26, 2012. UNMIT and ISF troops will leave the country at the end of 2012.

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New Zealand Operational Service Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags on May 13, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThe New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) is a New Zealand campaign medal for award to New Zealanders who have served on operations since 3 September 1945. The medal was instituted in 2002 to provide specific New Zealand recognition for operational service. It is awarded in addition to any New Zealand, Commonwealth or foreign campaign medal. It is awarded once only to an individual, regardless of how many times he or she has deployed on operations.

These are issued unnamed.

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Defence Service Medal with Territorial Bar

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags on May 12, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is a modern issue New Zealand Defence Service Medal (NZDSM) is a military service medal awarded to former and current members of the New Zealand Defence Force, who have served since 3 September 1945. It is expected that at least 160,000 former service personnel and more than 7,000 currently serving NZDF personnel are eligible to receive the medal.

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Kosovo Campaign Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , on May 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThe Kosovo Campaign Medal (KCM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces established by Executive Order 13154 of President Bill Clinton on May 3, 2000. The medal recognizes military service performed in Kosovo from 1999 to the present.

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Legion of Merit

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags on May 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThe Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued both to United States military personnel and to military and political figures of foreign governments.

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China Service Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , on May 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThe China Service Medal was a service medal awarded to U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel. The medal was instituted by Navy Department General Order No. 176 on 1 July 1942. The medal recognized service in and around China before and after World War II.

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Antarctica Service Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags on May 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThe Antarctica Service Medal (ASM) was established by the United States Congress on July 7, 1960 under Public Law 600 of the 86th Congress.[2][3] The medal was intended as a military award to replace several commemorative awards which had been issued for previous Antarctica expeditions from 1928 to 1941.

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Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags on May 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThe Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal was established in 1976 by Admiral Owen W. Siler, USCG and is awarded to any member of the United States Coast Guard who performs twenty one days of consecutive duty afloat or ashore north of the Arctic Circle. The medal depicts a polar bear under the North Star, while the reverse side carries the Coast Guard Shield.

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Medal for Humane Action

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags on May 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis medal was created in 1947 to recognise those servicemen who served for an extended period in the Berlin Airlift.

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Medal for Service at the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags on May 4, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgThis medal is unique as it is the only medal in the world awarded for participation in a nuclear clean up. The very first people to go to the nuclear hell were firefighters – they did not know about the danger and were told the radiation leak was minimal. They did not have any special protective clothing, only light gas masks. Many of them are already dead, and many are dying a slow and painful death.

Initially, the decision was to withhold information from the people. First responders were awarded regular Firefighter’s Bravery medals. The disaster happened just before the regular 1st of May parade and thousands of people went out parading and breathing radioactive dust, instead of staying home. Many Russians view this as yet another crime by the Party elite against the Soviet people.

Only after the wind blew the nuclear dust across the border were serious measures taken and special army units sent in.

When the medal was instituted, it was awarded to everyone who paid with their lives and health for criminal stupidity and mistakes.

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Order of the Badge of Honour

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , on May 4, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgThe Order of the Badge of Honour (Russian: Орден “Знак Почёта”) was a civilian award of the Soviet Union. It was instituted on 25 November 1935 and conferred on citizens of the USSR for outstanding achievements in production, scientific research and social, cultural and other forms of social activity, for promotion of economic, scientific, technological, cultural and other ties between the USSR and other countries and also for significant contribution to basic and applied research.  This one is numbered 1248238.

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Order of Maternal Glory 3rd Class

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , on May 4, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg(Russian: Орден “Материнская слава”) was a Soviet civilian award created on 8 July 1944 by Joseph Stalin. The 3rd class as here was awarded to women who successfully raised 7 children. Get that for me Deirdre.This one is numbered 2716656. Since only 2,786,000 of these were awarded, this is obviously a late award.

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Border Service Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags on May 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_ThailandThis Thailand medal is issued to all border troops and customs agents for service. It is identical to the one issued in WW2 although I think this is a 1956 issue. I can’t speak Thai so god only knows what it says.

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Nato Service Medal with Bar for Bosnia-Herzegovina

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , on May 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_NATOThis medal, disparagingly referred to as “The Pizza Pie” was issued to all NATO troops involved in the Bosnian War. The medals that Nato issues are all superficially similar, only the bar changes.

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