On 1 July 2009 it was announced that a new award will be granted to the next of kin of Armed Forces personnel killed on operations or as a result of terrorism in a mark of national recognition for their loss.
Next of kin will receive the Elizabeth Cross - a sterling silver emblem in the shape of a cross over a wreath - plus a Memorial Scroll signed by The Queen which will bear the name of the person who died.
The Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll will not just be granted to families who have lost loved ones in the recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Queen's recognition will also be available to the families of those who died in conflicts dating back to 1948, including the Korean War, the Falklands conflict and operations in Northern Ireland.
This is the first time the name of a reigning monarch has been given to a new award since the George Cross was instituted in 1940 by King George VI for acts of bravery by both civilians and the military. Prior to this, the Victoria Cross was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856 for acts of gallantry by the Armed Forces.
Bevin Boys Lapel Badge
A badge to commemorate service as "Bevin's Boys" has been instituted by the Government. It is available for surviving members who were alive on 20 June 2007. Applications and enquiries should be addressed to
Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR)
Bay 137, 1 Victoria Street
London SW1 0ET
Tel: 020 7215 6145
Application forms are available by calling Veterans UK - Helpline on 0800 169 2277 or visit the Veterans-UK website.
Air Transport Auxiliary Veterans Badge
The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) was a civilian organisation formed just before the Second World War to deliver aircraft from factories to RAF airfields, both at home and abroad. About 300,000 aircraft were delivered by the ATA during hostilities, by both male and female pilots of various nationalities. Flying unarmed military aircraft into active RAF airfields could be extremely hazardous and some 15 members lost their lives. No less than 87 were decorated for their work.
The ATA Veterans badge is available for all surviving members of the ATA. It is not available to families or next of kin of deceased members except where the member died after 1 February 2008.
For more information about the badge and how to apply contact:
Miss Tamar Howard-Pearce
Civil Aviation Division
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR
Freephone: 0800 089 1945
Greek War Medal and Star
There is no specific British medal for Greece/Crete but the Greeks have offered medals to British Servicemen for fighting in their country in 1939-45. These Greek medals are still being processed by their Embassy and the applications are sent to Athens for processing.
A copy of the Greek Embassy letter and application form exactly as written by the Greek Embassy can be read here. These are for information only and an original form should be obtained from the Greek Embassy before making an application.
Also, applicants need an original record of service showing that they were in Greece/Crete during the War. Information on how to obtain these is available here. Applicants will need to emphasise what it is for as it must "prove" their entitlement by showing service in Greece/Crete rather than in just the Middle East.
Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM)
Awarded to British veterans and others who served in operations in Malaya/Malaysia between August 1957 and August 1966. The cut off date for applications was 30 September 2012.
From November 2011, veterans have unrestricted permission to both receive and wear the PJM. For more information on the PJM, please visit the Veterans UK website.
Bletchley Park commemorative badge
Surviving veterans on 1 July 2009 who fit one of the following critieria, are eligible for this badge.
- were employed by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park or its outstations;
- served in the Armed Forces at Bletchley Park or its outstations;
- served in the "Y" Services of the Armed Forces collecting material which was sent to Bletchley Park;
- served in SLUs or SCUs;
- served in the RSS;
- worked for the GPO in the COLOSSUS team at Dollis Hill.
More information and how to apply can be found on the GCHQ website.
Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps Lapel Badge
A badge to commemorate service in the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps has been instituted by the Government. It is available for surviving members of these organisations who were alive on 6 December 2007. It is not available to families or next of kin of deceased members except where the member died after 6 December 2007.
Badges may be applied for through the Defra web site or by contacting:
5E Millbank, c/- 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
Tel: 08459 335 577