Many in these forums might be aware of the campaign to persuade the MOD to award medals those who attended nuclear test in the fifties and sixties. Right now, The UK is just about the only country which have made no attempt to even recognise (let alone compensate) the aforementioned group of servicemen. However, putting that aside for the moment, the BNTVA (British Test Veterans Association) have, in the past, arranged for British veterans to receive Australian awards for nuclear test veterans; in addition to another medal with which they either comissioned or were associated; and the point of starting this thread is to establish on which side of the chest these medals should be worn. For example, it was my understand that only medals which were ''awarded'' could be worn on the left side. So, I had always worn these two medals on the right chest. However, at the Remembrance parade, last year, a heavilly bemedalled young Lt. Colonel came over and asked me what the medals were; and when I told him, he asked me why I was wearing them on that side; and when I explained why, he said.''Rubbish. The right-hand chest is for OTHER peoples medals (family members etc.) Are there any on this forrum who know what is right and what is wrong, please?
Have to say I always understood that relative's medals should be worn on the right, but also any foreign medals awarded to you. The French 'Legion d'honeur' (which a lot of guys received after WW2) comes to mind. The Russians too, gave a medal to the guys who served on the Arctic convoys. Think I'm correct, but if anyone knows better...? Cheers, Syd.
"Official Medals" for military service, namely those awarded by the British government are worn on the left side as are some foreign awards, for example the PJM awarded by Malaysia to personnel who took part in the Malayan Emergency or The Confrontation with Indonesia. Other medals, such as grandads WW2 medals are worn on the right as are the commemorative medals sold by Awards, a company who specialises in "artificial" medals. During 31 years RAF service I received three campaign medals and a long gong. If I was to purchase every commemorative medal from Awards relating to my to my service I would be leaning well to the right, being entitled to fourteen of them (so far).