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Obsessed Poster
Registered: 15/01/07
Posts: 249
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I am attending the funeral of an ex soldier (not full military funeral) and i have been asked to wear my medals, what are the ptotocals for this?


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10,000 and not out
Registered: 25/01/07
Posts: 17,057
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Not sure Taf, I'd feel a bit odd doing it I think, but if you've been asked, then do it.

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Registered: 10/08/08
Posts: 2,153
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I attended Maj(Retd) Bob McLelland's funeral last week and one thing that did strike me was the number of medals that those still serving seemed to be wearing.

In my day all you would see was the odd campaign medal and probably the LS&GC. It must be a sign of the times I suppose what with all the campaigns/conflicts the British Army has had to undertake over the last twenty years or so that more medals are being awarded. Well done to those who have got them as I am sure they are all richly deserved.

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Registered: 08/09/06
Posts: 3,068
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Hi Taff. I don't think (someone will correct me if I'm wrong), there are any specific regulations for wearing of medals in Civilian dress. Obviously common sense says your not going to wear them down the local on a Friday night. However if it is a direct request of a relative and you are happy to do it I would say (you earned them) go ahead. If it makes the family happy, why not.


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Devoted Poster
Registered: 31/05/08
Posts: 1,344
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I agree with Billy!

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Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 1,702
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You wear them with pride mate .... you earned them


10,000 and not out
Registered: 25/12/07
Posts: 12,478
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I would think that if you are wearing  a suit  and regtl tie, and if you have minature;s of the medals wear the minatures.


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Registered: 23/03/07
Posts: 597
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I went to my brothers funeral that was organised by his ex army boys and was told medals were the order of the day.
I had intended to wear my miniatures, but luckily, I was giving his ex RSM a lift and when he turned up and saw my miniatures he told me, miniatures were for evening dress and 'proper' medals were for day time wear, so I quickly changed mine.
It was just as well I did as all my brothers old comrades were wearing 'proper' medals and had I worn my miniatures I would have looked a right charlie.

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10,000 and not out
Registered: 13/08/04
Posts: 26,872
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No hard and fast rules as Billy says, other than wearing them with respect (i.e. On a Suit or Blazer & Slacks) Full Medals other than in evening wear is the RBL guideline.

Remember you can alway slip them in your pocket if you feel out of place, but they are no good at home if you have been asked to wear them, and everyone else does.

Rule of thumb is not wearing them afterwards at the reception, but again customs are ever changing.

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Registered: 14/08/04
Posts: 2,830
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Taff, all too often after leaving the Armed Forces, earned medals are chucked in a drawer and never see the light of day. So grasp the opportunity to wear them again with pride, on the left breast.


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Demented Poster
Registered: 14/08/04
Posts: 1,405
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At the big parade on Horse Guards to celebrate the ending of the war, I was asked to carry the RAOC Ass banner.

I wore my fathers medals on my right breast as he has passed on and my solitary GSM on my left.

There were a significant amount of guys on parade wearing deceased relatives medals

Personally, I am sure my Dad would have approved


Obsessed Poster
Registered: 15/01/07
Posts: 249
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Question fully answered and Lots of good advice, many thanks.


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Certifiable Poster
Registered: 26/01/08
Posts: 1,632
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I attended the funeral of a last Sapper a rewe months ago; we all attended in blazer, beret and medals.  An ex-RM also similarly dress wore no medals and asked why we had worn medals "to a funeral".  Answer; because we'd been asked to do so!


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Certifiable Poster
Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 1,640
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Boys I will be happy to see as many of you at my Funeral as can make it, medals or no medals. Hope it is not far a long time yet though.

Dedicated Poster
Registered: 05/04/05
Posts: 41
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I hope that you wear your medals and are proud to do it for an Ex Soldier.  I wore my medals and a set of WW2 miniatures for my fathers funeral.  He died aged 89 in May this year.  His coffin was draped with a Union Jack and I had a cushion in Royal Artillery colours with his full size medals, collar badges, RA flashes and Service Dress hat placed on top of the coffin.  The undertakers told me that as an Ex Service man he was entitled to have a union Jack on the coffin.  It made me feel really proud to recognize his War Service by doing this.  I think that this should be done all the time when Ex Service men die to recognize the sacrifices they have made.


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10,000 and not out
Registered: 13/08/04
Posts: 26,872
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As a point of interest, most RBL Branches hold a Union Flag Drape (which is larger than a flag) and most will loan it out to Ex-Military Funerals, Some but not all Funeral Directors have this larger drape, or will know the nearest Branch secretary.


Enlightened Poster
Registered: 21/02/10
Posts: 1,378
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If you want to wear medals, wear them.  If they are miniatures or full size, wear them.  If you think its right but get it wrong, nobody is going to raise a 252 against you.  Like someone said on a previous post, you can always take them off and put them in your pocket.
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