DetailsMedal Presentation Set featuring Merchant Navy Service full-size and miniature Commemorative medals, matching ribbon brooch bar and presentation case.
HistoryThe cargoes so vital to many nations through times of war and peace have crisscrossed the vast oceans and coastal waterways that have now become household names. Ships once carried trade goods on voyages of unknown duration to destinations that could only be dreamt of; the experiences of their crews have long since been recorded in history. Life in confined quarters far from home and family seems destined to be the lot of the merchant seaman, many thousands of whom have lost their lives in the wake of these ancient mariners. With the progress of time, vessels have become more and more sophisticated and the cargoes often more hazardous. The exploits of these ships and their crews are mostly taken for granted and seldom recorded, except in dire circumstances or time of war.
EligibilityThe Merchant Navy Service Medal is available to all former and presently serving merchant service personnel in this long standing profession. Although there is a minimum two-year service requirement, the merit of each application will be considered on an individual basis. Applications from DEMS Gunners will be eligible for this commemorative medal. Next of kin and direct descendants can also apply.