|List of Fleet
Air Arm Honours and Awards 1939-1945
awarded to FAA Personnel
TERMSThe insignia was awarded to Officers, Chief Petty Officers, Petty Officers and men of the navy (or army or air force personnel of equal rank) who rendered distinguishing service.
During a campaign, a commander in the field wrote back to his higher authority informing them what was happening - who had attacked who, how many casualties had been received, what was the effect of his latest manoeuvre etc. He also mentioned officers and soldiers who had carried out a gallant action or who rendered distinguished service. To be so mentioned was to have been "Mentioned in Despatches".
The despatches were usually printed in the London Gazette.
RIBBONNot applicable. The MID emblem was usually worn on one of the medal ribbons that he had been awarded.
DATESUp till the Great War, being mentioned in a despatch did not result in the officer or soldier receiving any visible mark or insignia to show that he had been mentioned. It was only after the end of the Great War that it was decided to issue a small bronze oakleaf to any officer or soldier who had been mentioned in a despatch.
For information on Fleet Air Arm campaign medal rolls and individual awards contact the relevant Armed Services Medal Offices.
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