The South Atlantic Medal
is a British campaign medal
awarded to British military personnel and civilians for service in the Falklands War
of 1982, between the United Kingdom
; 29,700 were issued. The was formed in 1997.
The medal is a coin, made of cupronickel
, 36 mm in diameter, and was struck by the Royal Mint
and issued by the Army Medal Office
. The obverse
side bears a crowned effigy
of the Queen
. Like a modern British coin
, it has the abbreviated form of <small>ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSOR</small> ("Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith"
) on the border and the Queen is facing to the right.
The reverse side has the Falkland Islands' coat of arms
, which bears the words "DESIRE THE RIGHT"
(an allusion to English explorer John Davis'
). A laurel wreath
and the words "SOUTH ATLANTIC MEDAL"
make up the border.
The ribbon has a central stripe of "sea green
" flanked on each side by stripes of white and "empire blue
", shaded and watered. The additional rosette
that could be awarded was worn on the ribbon.
Awarding the medal
To be awarded the medal with the additional rosette
, the recipient would have been required to do one days service within 35° and 60° South latitude or do at least one operational sortie
south of Ascension Island
, between 2 April... Read More