Unofficial British Commonwealth Occupation Forces Medal : Leading Signalman R Thompson, Royal Navy

Accession Number REL31003.006
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Cupronickel
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Queensland
Date made 1985
Conflict British Commonwealth Occupation Force, 1946-1952 (Japan)

Unofficial British Commonwealth Occupation Forces Medal, commissioned by the BCOF Association of Queensland. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of D/JA 245595 Leading Signaller Robert ‘Bob’ Thompson, Royal Navy, who enlisted on 3 January 1941 and saw service with the North Russia and Trafalgar convoys; in the Normandy Campaign; and manned Landing Craft LC H187 during the British Commando/Royal Marine assault on Walcheren Island (a German-held fortified island, near the mouth of the Scheldt River which protected the approaches to Antwerp) on 1-8 November 1944. After the war ended, Thompson served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (BCOF) in Japan in 1946 with the shore establishment, HMS Commonwealth. He later emigrated to Australia.