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    Hi folks,

    I've had a request from a friend who's father served as aircrew during WW2 (ops over Norway is all i know at present), who has lost/misplaced/sold or had stolen his original medals. Is there some method of replacing these with new versions? The chap in question is still alive. Can he request a new issue? If so how? Would he have to pay for replacements and if so how much?

    I'm hoping to get more information regarding this chap, eg Name, Sqn, and medal entitlement, but in the mean time if some one could point me in the right direction that would be great.

    Ps ..... carry on the good work Ross.

    Jon (jonshell on the old forum)

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    If you go to:- http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceFor/Veterans/Medals/MedalFaqs.htm
    you will see all about medals, including:-

    Can I obtain replacements of lost medals?

    The Medal Office only issue replacement medals to service veterans or, if deceased, the member of the family who now holds the medals, under certain strict conditions where the loss is completely outside the individualís control in such instances as burglary, street theft or house fire. Only World War II medals and those issued subsequently can be replaced, provided that the criteria described here are met. The Medal Office is unable to replace medals issued before World War II, such as First World War medals, under any circumstances.

    Should you wish to claim for replacement medals in these circumstances, you should please provide details of the incident (i.e. burglary, fire etc.) and submit supporting contemporary evidence from the time of loss, by way of a copy of a successful insurance claim, or a Police crime report, either/both of which should include reference to the loss of the medals. A crime reference number alone is not sufficient. A lost property report is also insufficient.

    If these criteria are met then the Medal Office can issue replacement medals, but please note that there will still be a charge for the medals. The Medal Office will also check official records to confirm that the medals requested had been awarded to you or your relative.

    In all other cases, you may wish to consider purchasing replica medals from a specialist medal company or reputable medal dealer.
    Stewart

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    Hi Jon ,i think Stewart has just about covered,all you need to do,the only thing i could add was a rough guide for the replacement of the DFM,when i enquired at R.A.F. Innsworth some 7 years ago, was 109 pounds ,as long as the request was accompanied by a police report ,but if i remember rightly the replacement carried the Queens head and was marked (copy or replacement),but i'm afraid i can't remember for sure.My other tip would be to look for campaign medals at various auction houses or medal dealers if you want originals,although these have gone up in price,they are still readily available(it is a shame that they don't stay in the the recipients families)British ww2 medals were unmarked apart from gallantry awards .A word of caution if looking for Aircrew Europe Star ,these are expensive and subsequently a lot of fraudulent copies are passed off, so look carefully at this one.

    Kind Regards

    Mark.

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    Thanks guys. Great information there. I'll pass it on to the people concerned. It always amazes me how quickly this forum gets results and its nice to see that the new format obviously isn't putting people off.

    Best regards, Jon

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