It was announced on Tuesday 26 February 2013, by the United
Kingdom's Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and
Veterans Mark Francois that all the details have been confirmed
for the Arctic Star and the Bomber Command Clasp and the
application process has now opened.
Her Majesty The Queen has approved designs for the new awards on
the basis of recommendations made by the Royal Mint Advisory
Committee. The design for the Arctic Star is based on the other
World War Two Stars.
Production of the new Arctic Star will commence this week and
could result in up to a quarter of a million veterans, and the
families of those who have sadly died, applying to receive the
new awards in recognition of their unique contribution
protecting Britain during World War II. Priority in issuing the
awards will be given to veterans and widows who could receive
their awards in a few weeks. Other next of kin may also apply
now but will have to wait slightly longer to receive their
The qualifying period for the Arctic Star is “service of any
length” recognising the particular severity of the conditions
experienced by those who served in the Arctic. Whilst the
primary intent is to recognise those who served on the Arctic
Convoys, eligibility is extended to include all who served north
of the Arctic Circle in World War Two. Those eligible will
include members of all three Services as well of course as the
Merchant Navy who crewed the ships taking the vital supplies to
Eligible veterans and next of kin are now encouraged to apply
using the relevant application forms, which can be found
on this page, or by telephoning
the MOD Medal Office on 08457 800 900 (a local rate number) for
further details. An application must be made as it is simply not
possible for the MOD to contact veterans or families of all of
those who may be eligible going back almost 70 years.
Further details here.