The Federation of Merchant Mariners
Veterans Awards

UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans' Badge

The Merchant Seafarers’ bravery and sacrifice in assisting HM Armed Forces in military operations has been formally commemorated with the launch of the new UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans' Badge.

The badge is available to all Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen who served in a vessel at a time when it was operated to facilitate military operations by UK Armed Forces at any time.

The badge cannot be issued posthumously as it is a survivors’ badge, which is to be worn on civilian clothing. The only exception to this is for Widow(er)s in receipt of a War Widow(er)’s Pension paid by Veterans’ Agency. The deceased must have served prior to and including 31 December 1984 (National Insurance Number must now be provided).

Members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary should apply for the HM Armed Forces Veterans' Badge.

For further information you should contact:The Federation of Merchant Mariners, 16 Glebe Road, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. PE28 4PH. Tel: 01480 383166. Email: infor@merchant-mariners.co.uk

The Arctic Star

The qualifying period for the Arctic Star is ‘service of any length’, recognising the particular severity of the conditions experienced by those who served on the Arctic Convoys. Eligibility is extended to include all who served north of the Arctic Circle in WWII.   Those eligible will include members of all three Services as well as the Merchant Navy who crewed the ships taking the vital supplies to Russia.

The Arctic Star is granted for operational service of any length north of the Arctic Circle (66 degrees, 32’N) from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945 inclusive.  The Arctic Star is intended to commemorate the Arctic Convoys and is designed primarily for the ships of the convoys to North Russia and their escorts.  Eligibility is defined as follows:

Navy and Merchant Navy – Naval and Merchant Navy service anywhere at sea north of the Arctic Circle to include, but not limited exclusively to, those ships participating in, and in support of, convoys to North Russia.  Fleet Air Arm Personnel, not qualified by sea service, may qualify under the conditions applying to the Royal Air Force.

For further information you should contact:The Federation of Merchant Mariners, 16 Glebe Road, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. PE28 4PH. Tel: 01480 383166. Email: infor@merchant-mariners.co.uk

The Elizabeth Cross

This award was launched in 2009. It is granted to the next of kin of Armed Forces personnel killed on operations or as a result of terrorism as a mark of national recognition for their loss.

Named the Elizabeth Cross, this is the first time since the George Cross was instituted in 1940 by King George VI that the name of a reigning monarch has been given to a new award. Prior to this, the Victoria Cross was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856 for acts of gallantry by the Armed Forces.

The award will be available to the families of those who died in conflicts dating back to 1948, including the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Falklands conflict and operations in Northern Ireland as well as recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For further information you should contact:The Federation of Merchant Mariners, 16 Glebe Road, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. PE28 4PH. Tel: 01480 383166. Email: infor@merchant-mariners.co.uk

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