SON OF HARRY CECIL AND DORA MARY JAMES
OF ST. ALBANS
War Medal 1939-1945 As with most Armed Forces Serving Personnel during the conflict of World War Two, Douglas Edward James was entitled to the War Medal 1939-1945. This medal was awarded to all full time service personnel who had completed 28 days service between 3rd September 1939 and the 2nd September 1945. Eligible personnel who had been “Mentioned In Despatches” during the War were entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf emblem on the ribbon. Those eligible for a campaign star, yet who had their service cut short by death, wounds or capture by the enemy, still qualified for this medal. 1939-45 Star Given the information available to us it is likely that Douglas Edward James was awarded the 1939-45 Star for operational Service in the Second World War between 3rd September 1939, and 2nd September 1945.
Douglas Edward James would have been awarded this star if their service period was terminated by their death or disability due to service. Also the award of a gallantry medal or “Mention In Despatches” also produced the award of this medal, regardless of their service duration.
Fighter Aircraft Crew who took part in the Battle of Britain (10 July to 31 October 1940) were awarded the "Battle of Britain" bar to this medal. In undress uniform, a silver-gilt rosette was worn on the medal ribbon to denote the award of this clasp. Air Crew Europe Star The Air Crew Europe Star Campaign medal of the British Commonwealth was awarded to Douglas Edward James for service in World War Two. This medal was awarded to Commonwealth aircrew who participated in operational flights over Europe, from UK bases or for operational flying from the UK over Europe, between the period 3rd September 1939 to 5th June 1944.
The recipient Douglas Edward James would have been awarded this star if their service period was terminated by their death or disability due to service. The award of a gallantry medal or “Mention In Despatches” also produced the award of this medal, regardless of their service duration.