DetailsMedal Presentation Set featuring Suez Canal Zone full-size and miniature Commemorative medals, matching ribbon brooch bar and case.
This commemorative medal marks the service of participants and support personnel in the Suez Canal Zone between 1945 and 1957.
The Suez Canal revolutionised the trade route from Europe to Asia, which is why it has been the focus of international interest for centuries. It has seen much conflict and been owned by many rulers and kings but only now that trade depends so heavily on it, do all eyes fall on it to ensure it doesn’t run into disrepair or another crisis.
Although British troops had been in the canal zone since 1945, one of the most recent and significant crises which involved British and French forces in the area came in 1951 when Egypt renounced its 1936 treaty with Britain and British troops took control of the canal. In 1954 Egypt and Britain signed an agreement, suspending the 1936 treaty that provided for the withdrawal of all troops.
In June 1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt and he nationalised the Suez Canal resulting in what became known as The Suez Crisis, which saw Britain and France returning to the Canal Zone.
It is to mark such service that the Suez Canal Zone Medal was introduced.
EligibilityThe Suez Canal Zone Commemorative Medal is available to all veterans who served in the Canal Zone between 1945 until 1957, their next of kin or direct descendants.