After World War 2, individual participants had to claim any campaign medals to
which they felt entitled - something that caused quite a lot of rancour
at the time. Men and women who had fought so bravely for five years,
still carried memories of how this was dealt with after the First World
War when medals were automatically issued to former servicemen who had
served overseas or to the next-of-kin of those who had died. This was
made possible by the MIC system evolved at the time -Medal Index Cards.
These cards still exist and are being held by the National Archive.
You can now go online
and purchase cards which list each individual's medal entitlement. This is the
As soon as he was sent overseas, soldiers, sailors or airman of the
first World War qualified for one of these campaign medals:
British War Medal
Most of the Stentiford men on the National Archive
list returned home safe and sound.
Roy Hewitt has produced a series of Memorials for this article to remind us of the
ultimate price paid by those who were less fortunate.