HC Deb 23 May 1944 vol 400 cc588-9W
Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the arduous nature of the fighting, those soldiers who have served throughout the Italian campaign from September to December, 1943, may qualify for the 1939–43 Star notwithstanding the fact that this period is less than six months.

Sir J. Grigg

This question has not yet been settled.

Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for War what instructions have been issued to Officers in Charge Records to supply the ribbons of the 1939–43 and Africa Stars to ex-Service men.

Sir J. Grigg

Officers in charge of Records have been instructed to forward the necessary forms to ex-Service men who apply for either of these Stars. If on return of the form the claim is substantiated 2½ inches of the appropriate ribbon is issued to the man concerned.

Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for War the position as to the award of the ribbon of the 1939–43 Star to prisoners of war entitled to receive it who are still in enemy hands; and will the ribbon be awarded in the same way to those who were captured at Dunkirk, St. Valery, etc., as it has been to those who got away.

Sir J. Grigg

Individuals who took part in the operations in France at any time between 10th May and 19th June, 1940, are eligible for the 1939–43 Star. The question of sending the ribbon to prisoners in enemy hands is under consideration.