Leigh MP invites applications for Arctic convoy and bomber crew awards
5:10pm Friday 1st March 2013 in North West
WARTIME survivors who served as Bomber Command aircrew or on the Arctic Convoys, or their next of kin, are being urged to apply for medals they are entitled to.
This week the Arctic Star and the Bomber Command Clasp application process opened and Her Majesty the Queen has approved designs for the new awards.
Up to a quarter of a million veterans and the families of those who have died could apply for the new Arctic Star and Bomber Command clasp, production of which has now begun.
They will be awarded to recognise those who helped protect Britain during World War II. Priority in issuing the awards will be given to veterans and widows who could receive their awards in a few weeks. Other next of kin may also apply now but will have to wait slightly longer to receive their award.
The design for the Arctic Star is based on the other World War Two Stars and the Bomber Command Clasp, to be worn on the ribbon of the 1939 to 1945 Star, follows the design of the Battle of Britain Clasp.
Leigh MP Andy Burnham's office has application forms for those eligible to apply.
Mr Burnham said: “I am delighted that those who served our country in Bomber Command and on the Arctic Convoys are to be finally recognized. I am sure that the whole community in Leigh will support this and am inviting applications through my office from veterans of these two campaigns.
“I also welcome the fact that the families of those no longer alive will also be able to apply for these awards.”
*Applications forms are available by calling the MP's office on 01942 682353.
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