Pupils call for government medal U-turn

SCHOOLCHILDREN have written to a government minister calling for veterans’ medal rules to be changed.

Year five and six pupils at St Luke’s Primary School, Tiptree, had been studying Second World War Arctic convoys as part of a Remembrance project.

They were shocked to learn how British veterans awarded the Medal of Ushakov by the Russian Embassy are banned from accepting the honour by Foreign and Commonwealth Office rules, and decided to each write a letter urging foreign minister William Hague to change the rules.

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3:58pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Boris says...

As so often, there is more wisdom among primary school pupils than among cabinet ministers.
Veterans from all other allied forces (Australia, USA, etc) were allowed to accept medals from the USSR or Russia. So, after almost 70 years, it is about time for our government to fall into line and change its ourdated rules.
As so often, there is more wisdom among primary school pupils than among cabinet ministers. Veterans from all other allied forces (Australia, USA, etc) were allowed to accept medals from the USSR or Russia. So, after almost 70 years, it is about time for our government to fall into line and change its ourdated rules. Boris
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4:01pm Wed 21 Nov 12

carnuts says...

Why can some ex servicemen and women get the PJM, given by the Malysian government and not these old sweats.

It is not as if it is going to cost this country any money.
Or is it the shame of not honouring our own and someone else has to do it.
Why can some ex servicemen and women get the PJM, given by the Malysian government and not these old sweats. It is not as if it is going to cost this country any money. Or is it the shame of not honouring our own and someone else has to do it. carnuts
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4:03pm Wed 21 Nov 12

carnuts says...

PS
Pingat Jasa Malasia - PJM
PS Pingat Jasa Malasia - PJM carnuts
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5:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Allan Whitehead says...

Here we have children who have their freedom courtesy of these people who protected our convoys, being awarded with a medal that cannot be accepted because of some stupid out of date rule.
Since the great wars, we have been taught to forgive but never forget. These youngsters may have had grandfather or grandmother who may have been awarded this medal (Medal of Ushakov by the Russian Embassy) and would be proud to wear it. How many of these youngsters would have been paying their respects (with their parents) on the 11th November at a “Cenotaph” near to their homes.
It is time to forget that cancerous political belief that we are going to be overrun by some communist power surges who were our allies during World War II. I trust and hope that William Hague, will grant these innocent children this particular wish.
Here we have children who have their freedom courtesy of these people who protected our convoys, being awarded with a medal that cannot be accepted because of some stupid out of date rule. Since the great wars, we have been taught to forgive but never forget. These youngsters may have had grandfather or grandmother who may have been awarded this medal (Medal of Ushakov by the Russian Embassy) and would be proud to wear it. How many of these youngsters would have been paying their respects (with their parents) on the 11th November at a “Cenotaph” near to their homes. It is time to forget that cancerous political belief that we are going to be overrun by some communist power surges who were our allies during World War II. I trust and hope that William Hague, will grant these innocent children this particular wish. Allan Whitehead
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