The War Medal 1939–1945 was a British decoration awarded to all full time service personnel of the Armed Forces wherever their service during the war was rendered. Operational and non-operational service counted provided personnel had completed 28 days service between 3rd September 1939 and the 2nd September 1945. In the Merchant Navy there was the requirement that 28 days should be served at sea.
Personnel who were 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. Eligible personnel who had been mentioned in dispatches during the War were entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf emblem on the ribbon.
The UK War Medals were made from cupro-nickel, whilst the Canadian War Medal are made from silver.
Those War Medals issued to UK personnel were not officially named. However, those issued to Australian and South African personnel were officially named.
It is sometimes described as the "Victory Medal" for World War II, although that is not its correct name.
The following local people received the 1939-1945 War Medal.