Hi all. I have just been looking at a relatives medals that were given to me for safe keeping. I have only just noticed, however that there is no Defence medal. My relative was awarded the 39- 45 star, Italy Star, War medal, Naval GSM with Near East Clasp and Long Service and good conduct award. He was an active member of a veterans association and had the medals court mounted and wore them often, so I can't imagine he would have just shrugged his shoulders at not having the defence medal in there.
Were there any circumstances in which the defence medal would not have been awarded?