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    One of our village casualties was 21 years of age, undergoing basic training in East Anglia when he contracted an illness and died.
    Would he qualify for both the Defence Medal and the War Medal?
    As I understand it, the qualifying number of days was ignored if he died during the qualifying period.
    On the Veteran's web-site I get the impression that he does. Can someone confirm?
    Stewart

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    Hi.

    This is a difficult area, however in my opinion he would probably only have received the British War Medal.

    I have seen several air crews who managed to complete enough service for the 1939 1945 Star, became an early casualty in an OTU and then only received the War Medal.

    Not a lot to show after giving your life to the Country.

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    Positively an entitlement for a single War Medal 1939-45 only.

    As he didnt serve for 3 years in a non-operational area he would not qualify for a Defence Medal.

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    Agreed. War Medal only. Sorry!

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    Many thanks for the clarification gentlemen.
    Stewart

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