Jessop

Date of Entry: 14 Dec 17
Surname: Jessop
Christian Names: Anthony Philip
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Williamtown
Service #: R63258
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Quartermaster Gunner
Commencement of service: 04 Apr 64
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Anthony Philip Jessop joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1964 and saw operational service in the Far East and Vietnam, serving as a Quartermaster Gunner onboard HMAS Duchess and HMAS Sydney.

For this service, Jessop was entitled to a number of official Federal medals, like many servicemen and women, before, and after him.

Jessop 1 2017 07 25

 

The above photo was taken at the 2017 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, in Williamstown, South Australia.

Jessop is wearing miniature medals, whereas, full-size medals should be worn at a commemorative service such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. He may have reasons for doing so and as such it is not an issue warranting any further attention in this forum.

The red arrow indicates the real issue, namely the wearing of unofficial medals mixed with official medals, a practice that has brought many a veteran to notice on the pages of ANZMI.

Jessop 2

 

Jessop 3

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service, or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian Honours and Awards system. Protocol dictates that unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events. However, if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

The two medals above are commemorative ‘tin’, originally commissioned by a Naval association, which is associated with HMAS Sydney, “The Vung Tau Ferry”. Before the early 1990’s there was no recognition for the Navy personnel who crewed the support ships serving Australians in Vietnam. Because of this, Naval associations produced their own. The VLSM was later instituted by the Commonwealth to provide official recognition.

These are purchased medals, commonly referred to as ‘tin’ medals and are no more thank trinkets, commonly used to inflate the service of the wearer to an unknowing audience.

Anthony Philip Jessop, you were awarded adequately for your service to country and community. However, your decision to throw a couple of ‘tin’ medals into the mix and display them in public, has denigrated your service and earned you a place amongst many others on the ANZMI site.

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