WWII: what medals can mean
By Caroline Spinks
The first illustrious star-shaped medal you see here was awarded for at least one day land service in Italy, Greece, and several other places, and goes by the name of the Italy Star, although I think it’s name is Steve. The next medal’s name is Bill, but it tells us to call it The Africa Star. We ignore it, and call him Billy. He was awarded for service in North Africa. The next one, Tim, says he’s the 1939-45 star. He got on the wall because my Great-Grandfather served the entire war, in a nutshell. The next one’s name is Albus Percival Wolfric Brian Dumbledore, but we call him the Defense Medal. Why we don’t just call him Albus, I have no idea. He was awarded for serving full or part time for at least three years in the UK during active hostilities in Europe. The last one’s name is Willow, and she has an Oak Leaf. She is the War Medal, and she was given for serving full time for at least 28 days. The oak leaf was for being mentioned in dispatches. My great-grandfather laid a cable through a minefield after a mine killed the two guys doing it in front of him. Thee medal's human names are purely fictional and were made up solely for this report.
My Great-Grandfather was a Corporal in WWII, and he was from the Royal Corps of Signals, who handled communications. He lied about his age to get in the war, when he was 17, not 18. His birthday was July 12, 1922. He was born in Braintree, a town in England. He did lots of heroic things, for someone from the Royal Corps of Signals, who just did communications and stuff.
We are not in a world war today, although with the war all the way in Syria, it must feel like it to those people who have to travel all over the globe. We are (almost) all friends again, although my English dad and his French friend love to tease each other when England beats France in a soccer game, or vice versa.
just an extra precaution thank you