• Italy Star for servicemen who saw service in Italy, but actually covered operational service in the Aegean, Corsica, Elba, Greece, Sardinia, Southern France and Austria as well as Yugoslavia during the period 11 June 1943 to 8 May 1945. - be4ch
  • The 1939-45 War Medal was awarded to all full time members of the armed forces, wherever they saw service and gave 28 days service in uniform or in an accredited organisation. - be4ch
  • I think this is the 1939-1945 Star awarded for service between 3 September 1939 - 2 September 1945. I'm not sure though as the ribbon is usually the one seen two to the left (dark blue, red, light blue) - be4ch
  • I think this the Defence Medal which, generally speaking, was awarded for three years service in Great Britain between Sept 1939 and 8th May 1945. I'm not sure as the ribbon is usually the one two to the left (green, black, green, red, green, black, green) - be4ch
  • The current version of the Cross of Merit awarded by the Republic of Poland. It appears to be the Golden one but I'm not sure as the ribbon looks like it's the Bronze one. - be4ch
  • Polish Cross of Merit - be4ch
  • This looks like the Monte Cassino Commemorative Cross which is a commemorative medal awarded to all Polish soldiers who fought at the Battle of Monte Cassino. - be4ch
  • This looks like the Polish Cross of Valour. It is awarded to an individual who "has demonstrated deeds of valour and courage on the battlefield." - be4ch

We salute you sir.

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You smiled at me...I took your picture, hugged you and thanked you for your service........but forgot to ask your name.
I salute you.

Remembrance Day gathering at the Swindon Cenotaph.

  1. bits&bobs 65 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Remembrance Day 2009, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Wow look at those medals!

  2. Olivier Burnside 65 months ago | reply

    Nice tribute and richly deserved. Such brave guys

  3. Cross Duck 65 months ago | reply

    Very good and meaningful portrait, dual emphasis on face and medals works well. I enjoyed seeing your photostream, and admire the vitality and imagination in your pictures!

  4. Renee Rendler-Kaplan 65 months ago | reply

    good for YOU - look at his MEDALS!!! WOW....great portrait.

  5. be4ch 65 months ago | reply

    A lovely photo a proud man. I've tried to identify his medals and I hope I haven't got them wrong.

  6. Amanda Last 65 months ago | reply

    Thanks for all your hard work tracking them down Be4ch!
    Polish then :D

  7. Paweli 47 months ago | reply

    The Cross of Valour has a bar on the ribbon - meaning He got it twice.

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