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World War II Trio: Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1939-1945 and War Medal 1939-1945, attributed to NX3314 Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope
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World War II Trio: Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1939-1945 and War Medal 1939-1945, attributed to NX3314 Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope
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Australia Service Medal, 1939-1945.  Circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR. OMN : REX F : D ; IND : IMP. (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India), signed ‘PM’; the reverse with the arms of Australia centrally, circumscribed above ‘THE AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL’ and dated ‘1939-1945’ below; attributed on the edge to ‘NX3314 J. D. HOPE’; on original ribbon.

The Medal was instituted in 1949 and originally awarded to Australians who had served for eighteen months overseas or for 3 years at home between 3 September 1939 and 3 September 1945.  In 1999 this was reduced to 30 days full time service or 90 days part-time service. 

Defence Medal, 1939-1945.  Circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR. OMN : REX F : D ; IND : IMP. (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India), signed ‘HP’; the reverse with a crowned oak sapling with lion supporters, wavy lines representing the sea below, dated ‘1939’ and ‘1945’ upper left and upper right respectively, inscribed below ‘THE DEFENCE MEDAL’; a small imperfection on the lower right edge from the time of manufacture; attributed on the edge to ‘NX3314 J. D. HOPE’; on original ribbon.

The Medal was instituted in May 1945 to recognise non-operational service from the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) to V.E. Day (8 May 1945) in Europe and to V.J. Day (2 September 1945) overseas.

The qualifying service periods were 180 days in overseas areas subject to air attack or other close enemy threat, 360 days in other overseas areas and 1,080 days in the U.K.. For mine and bomb disposal personnel overseas, the qualification period was 90 days.  A number of special awards, such as those to the Malta Home Guard and to recipients of a Commendation for Brave Conduct or for Valuable Service in the Air, were also made.

War Medal, 1939-1945.  Circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR. OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:’ (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Emperor of India), signed ‘PM’; the reverse with a triumphant lion standing on a prostrate dragon, dated ‘1939 1945’ above right, signed ‘E.C.R.P.’; attributed on the edge to ‘NX3314 J. D. HOPE’; on original ribbon.

The Medal was instituted in 1945 and was awarded to all full-time members of the armed forces who had served at least 28 days between the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945).

Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope was born at Sydney, New South Wales, on 10 November 1918 and educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School.  He enlisted at Paddington on 27 October 1939 and was a Gunner in 2/1 Australian Field Regiment, an artillery unit that saw action in the Middle East, North Africa, Greece and New Guinea.

Sold with a copy of his Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs certificate of World War Two Service.

 
World War II Trio: Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1939-1945 and War Medal 1939-1945, attributed to NX3314 Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope
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World War II Trio: Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1939-1945 and War Medal 1939-1945, attributed to NX3314 Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope
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World War II Trio: Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1939-1945 and War Medal 1939-1945, attributed to NX3314 Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope
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World War II Trio: Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1939-1945 and War Medal 1939-1945, attributed to NX3314 Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope
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World War II Trio: Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1939-1945 and War Medal 1939-1945, attributed to NX3314 Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope
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World War II Trio: Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1939-1945 and War Medal 1939-1945, attributed to NX3314 Corporal Jeffrey Denbigh Hope
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