The Medals conundrum

Another puzzle! Unlike their American Allies, the British (& Commonwealth) armed forces seemed to be far less inclined to present awards & decorations so one would think that getting these right would be fairly straightforward… however, that is before we come to John Harder…

First of all, he had two sets… the first being those sewn onto his uniform jacket…

… and the second a “miniature set” for wearing out of uniform…

As you can see from the annotations on the photographs, they are not the same! This caused some puzzlement & discussion with Stuart Hadaway of the RAF Museum at Hendon which is summarised below…