Bravery or Survival?
Someone asked me recently about Herbert Edie's medals - what were they awarded for? And that got me checking the records.
His personnel file reveals he was eligible for the following medals:
- 1939-45 Star
- Africa Star
- Clasp to Africa Star (8th Army)
- War Medal
- NZ War Service Medal
None of these were awarded for individual acts of bravery, courage or leadership; rather they were recognition of service; that Herbert served his country (and survived).