'SUEZ VETERANS ASSOCIATION'
General Service Medal (Canal Zone)
Veterans' Lapel Badge and Service Records
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 October 1954.
The qualification criteria for the Suez Canal Zone GSM, (or
Clasp), is to have served for a minimum of 30 consecutive days
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
Accompanying civilians who wore the appropriate uniform of
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,
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
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 0141 224 3586
Free Phone: 0800 085 3600
Overseas Civ: +44 (0) 141 224 3600
The following information, (or as much as possible) will be
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
Although the reigning monarch changed during the Suez
campaign, Queen Elizabeth II appears on all the GSMs issued
Canal Zone because it was Queen Elizabeth that approved award
of the Clasp to the GSM 'Canal Zone'.
often a lot of discussion on how, when, where and which
medals to wear.
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 Colonel's reply.
Dear Mr Hickman
Whether in uniform or civilians it is normal to wear
medals at Remembrance and other parades linked to
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
Veterans Lapel Badge
All those who have served in HM Armed Forces, including the Volunteers
and Regular Reserves are eligible to apply.
Click on one of these links below to access and download the
Reader Version -- Microsoft
Word Version -- Rich
Text Format (.rtf)
You may post or fax
your completed form to the Service Personnel and Veterans
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
Free: 0800 169 2277 (UK only)
Free: 0800 169 3458 (Minicom UK only)
+44 1253 866043 (Overseas)
Fax: 01452 510871 (UK only)
+44 1452 510871 (Overseas)
Email: [email protected]
Addresses for Service Records
applying for your own records you will need a 'Subject Access
Request Form'. (DPA SAR Form 1694 (Jan 08).
be downloaded from the website: www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/sar.pdf
of kin of a deceased person is applying they will need a
'Certificate of Kinship Form'.
copy of this, follow the link on the website: www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/service_records.html
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