Friday, July 19, 2013

Tales from the Trunk # 6

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).

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