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www.redwhiteblueday.co.uk Welcome to our competition We are asking pupils to design a medal that could be given to a member of the Armed Forces. They are required to design the front of the medal and to write a letter of congratulations to their friend who received this award. The winners chosen by our judges will receive gift vouchers. Although individuals dont join the Armed Forces to be rewarded many who signed up for Service during the First and Second World Wars felt a sense of patriotic duty. Today it is often the challenges that accompany Service that the pride instilled within is so hard won and held in such high regard. Content 2 Welcome & Content 3 Background Information 4 The Challenge 5, 6
Some Ideas 7 Judges & Prizes 8, 9, 10 Medal Templates 11 Terms & Conditions 12 Entry Form Red, White & Blue Day is an annual fundraising event for schools, that encourages children to come dressed in red, white and blue clothing whilst donating just 1 towards the work of the three national charities of our Armed Forces. This years Red, White & Blue Day is to be held on Friday 4 October 2019, although you can choose a date that suits your own school calendar. 2 Background Information Medals are given out for many reasons such as achievements, acts of gallantry or Service to name just a few. Sports people, members
of the Armed Forces and even people who have done something amazing for their country have received medals. We can trace the presenting of medals back to 776BC at the Olympic Games held in Athens but it was not until the 1904 Olympic Games in St Louis when gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to athletes coming first, second and third respectively. In 1916 The Military Medal, awarded for exceptional bravery in battle was introduced, equivalent to the Military Cross which was awarded to commissioned officers, it was presented to non-commissioned members of the Army. Over 117,000 were made for actions during the First World War covering the years 1914 to 1918. Personnel in the Armed Forces (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen/women) receive medals as a mark of their achievements and for their Service during different campaigns. In the Second World War many Servicemen received the War Medal 1935 1945 and those who took part in D-Day (or the Normandy Campaign) would be eligible for the France and Germany Star which was given out from 6 June 1944 8 May 1945. There are two main types of medal classifications: Campaign Medals which are linked to service in a particular conflict or campaign and Honour and Service Medals which are linked to an individuals service or Medals issued to Service Personnel often include: The medal name (i.e. George Cross, Victoria Cross, Star, Lgion dHonneur) The campaign and date (i.e. Battle of Britain, 1940)
The ribbon colours normally signify the campaign Some medals included the individuals name around the edge Why not: Find out more about these medals? What other medals were Servicemen eligible for? Are medals still given to Service Personnel today? It is also worth remembering that it wasnt just men who received these medals, an elite band of women, who had volunteered for Front Line duty to save wounded soldiers and putting themselves in mortal danger, were also recognised with a Military Medal. Animals too were recognised with the Dickin Medal created by PDSA founder Maria Dickin to honour the work of animals in war. The award, commonly referred to as the Animal Victoria Cross, was awarded 54 times between 1943 and 1949 to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses and a cat to acknowledge actions of gallantry or devotion during the Second World War. 3 The challenge Medal Design and/or make your own medal that would be given to a member of the British Armed Forces to commemorate their actions or Service during D-Day. Letter Write a letter of congratulations
acknowledging this award. You must include: The date D-Day took place (6 June 1945) The Service (British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Marines, Royal Air Force) Name of the medal Think about: What colour(s) would you use for the ribbon and why? Method: There are lots of fantastic ways to make your own medals! You might have some ideas of your own but on the next page we include a few to get you started. 4 Some ideas. Design Plastic Lids Use our templates to design your own medal. Be as creative as you like! Remember to think about what your medal would be given out for (e.g. For the kindest act, best sportsperson) Use our templates to design your own medal. Be as creative as you like! Remember to think about what your medal would be given out for (e.g. For the kindest act, best sportsperson) You will need: plastic lids
(yoghurt pot, cream anything round) paint ribbon sticky tape coloured felt pens optional: tin foil, tissue paper, wrapping paper How to: Paint your plastic lid or cover with tin foil or similar, it might take more than one coat. This will be the base of your medal. Once the paint is dry, use felt pens and any other bits you might like to decorate with, to create your personalised medal design. Make sure the ribbon is long enough to hang comfortably round your neck and sticky tape to the back of the medal. 5 Salt Dough Bottle Top Medals You will need: bottle tops tin foil PVA glue coloured card coloured felt tip pens safety pins How to: Cut a small piece of tin foil (enough to cover the top of the bottle cap and sides)
and glue on to your bottle top. Make sure all the plastic is covered! Allow it to dry. Choose a piece of coloured card and cut out a shape (e.g. rectangle, arrow, star). Decorate the card if you wish. Stick the bottle top onto the card. Add felt pen to the bottle top to complete your design. A safety pin will make it ready to wear! You will need: salt dough rolling pin biscuit cutter shapes skewer ribbon paint Content ideas: poppies D-Day beaches warship planes paratroopers landing craft soldier 75th Anniversary red, white and blue colours Recipe: 125g plain flour 145g salt
120ml water 1 splash of oil How to: Mix the flour and salt together. Add the water, a little at a time, until it becomes a dough. Add a dash of oil to prevent the dough cracking when it dries. Roll out your salt dough and use a biscuit cutter to cut out the shape of your medal. Use the skewer to create a hole in the top of the shape, big enough for your ribbon to go through. Bake in a preheated oven on the lowest setting for up to 3 hours. Leave to cool. Now for the fun part create your design! When completed, thread through the ribbon (dont forget to make sure it fits comfortably around your neck). 6 Judges Les Fryatt (Head Judge) Leslie Fryatt (formerly of The Royal Artillery and known as Les) 95, served in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Les was born one of 16 children in South London in January 1924. He joined the Army at 18 and reported to Naughton Barracks, Worcestershire, before being selected for gunnery training. From there he joined the Royal Artillery in St Albans. In June 1944, Les returned to London with his regiment. On D-Day, he departed from the London docks aboard the MV Empire General, sailing through the night, landing near Caen, France on D-Day +1. As they approached land,
Les and his comrades shinnied down a rope ladder against the side of the ship to the landing craft. In Normandy, enough ground had been gained to bring in the guns about two miles inland. As part of a five-man detachment, Les operated 5.5 Howitzer guns supporting the infantry down on the beaches. Les witnessed the destruction of Caen and later played a crucial role destroying German positions inland. I wasnt frightened, Les remembers. Why wasnt I frightened? Les fought his way across Europe, spending time in Holland before crossing the Rhine. He was in Berlin for VE Day, and was subsequently awarded the Lgion dHonneur for the part he played in the liberation of France. Prizes 1st Prize Gift voucher to the value of 30 for each age category Runner up Prize Gift voucher to the value of 10 for each age category Dr Andrew Robertshaw There are three age categories for our competition: Dr Andrew Robertshaw is a well-known historian, author and broadcaster who specialises in the study of World War 1 and World War II. With 14 military book titles now in print although he is, perhaps, better known for his television series The Trench Detectives and appearances in Time Team and Who do you think you are?
He was lead historical consultant on Steven Spielbergs War Horse where he also had a cameo role as a British Army Officer. 7 years and under 8 11 years 12 18 years Marcus Hodge Marcus is a British contemporary artist who made his name as a portrait painter. Having returned to the UK in 1996, from a rigorous five-year training in classical oil painting in Spain, he was selected as one of the countrys A list portrait painters by Harpers & Queen. In 2010 he was commissioned by 3rd Battalion The Rifles to go to The Sangin Bazaar, Helmand Province to produce a painting to recognise the progress made in Afghanistans most dangerous town. The giant oil painting shows the results of years of hard work by British Forces and now hangs on the wall in Redford Barracks, the home of 3 Rifles. In 2000 Marcus travelled to India, a trip that was the start of an intense fascination with the Sub-Continent and the driving inspiration behind his new series of paintings and sculptures showing the timeless ceremonies of Varanasi. His eighth solo exhibition, depicting his latest work, will be held at Art Moorhouse, London in November. For more information visit www.marcushodge.com 7 Terms & Conditions 1. The competition is open to pupils up to the age of 18. Teachers are encouraged to explain to pupils about the competition and what the judges will be looking for. 2. Entries must be from schools or clubs who have registered to take part in Red, White & Blue Day before 4 October 2019 and submitted using the Entry Form provided. Entries will be judged against the
guidelines outlined under Prizes & Judges. 3. To be eligible entries must be received by 11.59pm on Friday 13 December 2019. 4. Entries must be exclusively from individuals and handwritten; no pairs or group submissions will be accepted. The work must be authentic and free from adult input. 5. The copyright will be owned by the pupil. However, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable perpetual licence to the organisers to feature any of the submitted material in any of their publications, websites or promotional material or exhibitions connected with this Competition. Should the entries be published all profits realised will be divided between ABF The Soldiers Charity, the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air force Benevolent Fund. 6. The organisers reserve the right to alter, cancel, postpone or bring forward the Competition deadline if required to do so. 7. A panel of judges will pick a winner and a runner-up who will have their entry published on our website. 1. The organisers reserve the right to change the Competition Judges should the need arise. 2. The organisers take no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt. 3. The decision of the judges if final and no
communication will be entered into. 4. Information regarding the entries will not be used for any other purpose than the Competition and will not be held any longer than necessary. Where appropriate and if requested entries will be returned to the school after judging has taken place. 5. The Competition will be governed by English Law although entries from overseas will be accepted. 6. The person responsible for organising this activity is asked to send their best entries to the following address: Red, White & Blue Day Medal Competition c/o Patty Wallis 35 Warham Road Otford Sevenoaks TN14 5PF NB: Only one Entry Form is necessary from each school or club. 11 Entry Form School/Club Name: Contact Name: Email Address: All entries must be received by 11:59pm on Friday 13 December 2019 and should include a completed entry form. Entries should be sent to: Red, White & Blue Day Medal Competition
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