War Medals (Bars).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 26th June 1922.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Adair Mr Thomas Adair , Glasgow Shettleston

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether an officer and men of His Majesty's Navy who, under Fleet Order No. 2,051, are entitled to bars to their medals may at their own expense purchase miniatures of them and wear them with miniature medals; if so, will he notify the officers and men of the Fleet accordingly; and will he notify the officers and men of the Fleet that they should at once send in their claims for such bars as under Fleet Order No. 2,051 they are entitled to?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

It is not considered necessary to issue a Fleet Order in regard to the wearing of miniature clasps. As regards the last part of the question, I regret that, as I informed my hon. and gallant Friend on the 21st June, it is impossible at present to undertake any work connected with the issue of clasps, and no claims can therefore be considered.

Photo of Mr Thomas Adair Mr Thomas Adair , Glasgow Shettleston

Does that mean that officers may wear miniature bars if they know that those bars are due to them?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

The matter is subject to further consideration later.

Photo of Mr Thomas Adair Mr Thomas Adair , Glasgow Shettleston

They are permitted to wear them at their own risk?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee , Finsbury

As officers of the Army are not allowed to wear bars, because they have not been officially issued, surely naval officers ought not to be allowed to wear them either?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

No official permission has been given. It is at the officers' own risk.