The Commemorative National Service Medal is available only to those who performed National Service, both military and civilian, between January 1939 and December 1960, or their next of kin by completing the application form at the bottom of this page.
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The National Service Act 1939-1960
In 1939 Parliament with great foresight introduced the National Service Act, calling on the men and women of the UK to prepare for National Service, either within an arm of the regular services or as a civilian in one of the many voluntary groups being formed and trained at that time.
With typical British pride the nation rallied to this call and the ranks of both the armed forces and home defence elements swelled until those who fought for peace were backed by over sixteen million men and women registered for non-military National Service. After WWII others where called to National Service and served with pride to carry the flag to the farthest corners of the globe. By December 1960 when the National Service Act was abolished some five million three hundred thousand young people had been conscripted into the forces.
The National Service Medal
Marking National Service between the years 1939 and 1960 this important commemorative medal, originally sponsored by the Royal British Legion, is available only to those who performed National Service, both military and civilian, between January 1939 and December 1960. Next of kin or direct decedents may also apply. The National Service Medals is to be worn with pride not alongside gallantry decorations, but separately and distinctively. The medal exudes a patriotic feel with the Britannia like figure, representing the mother country, and the lion, representing all who performed National Service, being featured on the obverse side..
The ribbon has a central gold stripe bound on either side by broad bands of blue representing the involvement of the Royal British Legion. These blue bands are in turn bound by narrow white and red stripes to give a very rich and patriotic medal ribbon. This medal is supplied on a single pin ready to wear.
Please note that the full-size medal is only available by completing the application form below. After you have completed all of the fields and added any additional
products please click on the 'Add to Basket' button to continue with your order.
Full details are required for each full-size medal applied for.
If you are unsure of any of the required details below please type 'NOT KNOWN' or 'NOT APPLICABLE'.
Medal Edge Engraving
Your service number, rank, name & initials and regiment or service can be professionally diamond engraved on the edge of your National Service Medal making it an even more personal and precious heirloom.
Individually Engraved Clasps
The individually engraved, nickel clasps, specifically designed to match the finish of this medal to highlight the details of your service are suitable for fitting to the medal ribbon (we recommend no more than three clasps are fitted to The National Service Medal).
Medal Presentation Cases
Store your National Service Medal in the plush lined Medal Presentation Case which can de personalised with your service details.
Miniature National Service Medal
A miniature National Service Medal can also be added to your order and is supplied mounted ready to wear.
Ribbon Brooch Bar & National Service Tie
As well as a matching National Service Ribbon Brooch Bar, your can also select an easycare 100% polyester tie which has been tastefully designed with stripes matching the National Service ribbon. Please select the items your require on the application form below along with your personalisation details
Apply for a National Service Full-Size Medal using the Application Form below:
(Please Note The Details entered below should be those of the recipient of the medal)