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AJEX campaign helps reunite veteran families with war medals

The Jewish Military Association (AJEX) has launched a ‘Family Medals’ campaign.

Mervyn Kersh, Pic courtesy AJEX JMA
Mervyn Kersh, Pic courtesy AJEX JMA

The Jewish Military Association (AJEX) has launched a ‘Family Medals’ campaign to ensure Jewish family who do not have their own or family members’ medals from war and other service can be reunited with them to guarantee their legacy of service lives on.

Whether you have lost family medals from the world wars or other conflicts and service or never claimed your own or your family’s medals, AJEX will help you identify what medals would have been worn and belong to you or your family member.

Mervyn Kersh at 2021 Parade David Lake Photography

While the number of Second World War and National Service veterans declines, their families and direct descendants continue to thrive and are active with AJEX.

The organisation hopes that many more first-time Parade goers will proudly march wearing these medals at the Annual Remembrance Parade & Ceremony on 19th November 2023.

National Chair, Dan Fox said: “Medals are some of the most personal artefacts of military service. For individuals and their families, they are markers of the commitment and bravery undertaken. As a community, they are collective badges of honour, and of pride in the Jewish contribution to our nation. I hope that many spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who have served will join us in bringing these decorations home.”

Replicas can be purchased (mini or original size, mounted etc) and AJEX have negotiated discounts with medal minters. To claim and purchase replica medals visit www.ajex.org.uk/medals for instructions, including discount codes.

The full list of medals awarded by the UK is at: www.gov.uk/guidance/medals-campaignsdescriptions-and-eligibility.

You can also call the AJEX office for help: 0208 202 2323

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