On 11th June
2003 the Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons that the
Naval General Service Medal 1915-62 and the
General Service Medal 1918-62 with ‘Canal Zone’ clasp was to be awarded
to those who had served in the
Suez Canal Zone of Egypt during the period 16th October 1951 to 19th
The qualification criteria for the Suez Canal Zone GSM, (or Clasp), is
to have served for a minimum of 30 consecutive days within the
Canal Zone during the period 16 October 1951 to 19 October 1954 and the
following personnel are eligible:
Members of the Armed Forces based in the Suez Canal Zone at that time;
Accompanying civilians who wore the appropriate uniform of their
Commonwealth and Colonial Forces, subject to approval by their
Foreign Nationals enlisted with any of the above categories.
Veterans of the Canal Zone, or the next-of-kin of those who have died,
should apply in writing to the MoD Medal Office, giving
Full Name, Date of Birth and Service Number. Next of kin will
be required to supply supporting documentation.
As with the initial issue of all other British campaign awards there
will be no charge for the medal.
The address for all applications is:
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
Ministry of Defence Medal Office
The following information, (or as much as possible) will be required:
Service Number - Regiment/Corps (Army and RM), Branch/Trade (RAF and
RN) - Full Name - Date of Birth
Rank and Date of Discharge, plus, of course, your current name and
Although the reigning monarch changed during the Suez campaign, Queen
Elizabeth II appears on all the GSMs issued for the
Canal Zone because it was Queen Elizabeth that approved award of the
Clasp to the GSM 'Canal Zone'.
is often a lot of discussion on how, when, where and which medals to
Quite some time ago our late colleague, 'Sapper' Dave Hickman, wrote to
Col. Ashley Tinson (Rtd), the Medals Consultant for the
Royal British Legion. Here is a copy of the
Whether in uniform or civilians it is normal to wear medals at
Remembrance and other parades linked to Military Service.
In uniform they are worn normally above the left pocket. If
any type of top coat is worn they are not displayed.
In civilian clothes they are worn in a similar place to that for
uniform and in this case if an overcoat or mac is worn, they may be
worn on it.
Unofficial medals may not be worn in uniform and should not
be worn in civilian clothes. However, if they are worn they
must not be put on the official bar and are usually
worn well down the left side under Official Medals.
I assume you know the order of wear; it is basically Campaign Medals in
order of date of participation, Golden Jubilee Medal, Accumulated
Campaign Service Medal, then Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Ashley R Tinson.
Honorary Medals Consultant to the Royal British Legion.
those who have
served in HM Armed Forces, including the Volunteers and Regular
Reserves are eligible to apply.
You may post or
fax your completed form to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.
Or you may call the Freephone number to apply.
If you use the Freephone method, please ensure you have to hand all the
details asked for on the application form.
MoD Medal Office
RN Disclosure Cell
Mail Point G2, Room 48
Portsmouth PO2 8DX
Army Personnel Centre Secretariat
Disclosures 2, Mailpoint 515
65 Brown Street
Glasgow G2 8EX
Lincolnshire NG34 0HB
applying for your own records you will need a 'Subject Access Request
Form'. (DPA SAR Form 1694 (Jan 08). This
can be downloaded from the website:
next of kin of a deceased person is applying they will need a
'Certificate of Kinship Form'. For
a copy of this, follow the link on the website: