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 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.
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