Armed Forces: Honours

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th October 2010.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why an Australian soldier who had recently been recommended for a Military Cross after his actions in the Vietnam War cannot now receive the Military Cross but instead would be awarded the current Australian equivalent.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Australian Government commissioned an independent review of Battle of Long Tan recognition in 2007. They accepted the recommendation to upgrade the awards for several individuals, two of whom were awarded medals for gallantry while serving in the Royal Australian Army during the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam in 1966. However, Australia is no longer part of the Imperial Honours system and it is a matter for the Australian Government to decide what medal should be awarded.

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