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Japanese Awards - China Incident Medal


Gordon Williamson
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Was this medal awarded until the end of WW2? So that a new soldier just there in 1944 would have earned one?

I never knew what the cut-off date was, but thought it was before 7 December 1941, with the supposed medal-to-be-issued for what then became a World War was going to be awarded after Final Victory?

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The cut off date for this award is actually April 1940. All of the award certificates I have handled for this, and I must have handled over 100 of these, were awarded in April 1940. There were no awards made after that date as far as I am aware.

I think the Japanese considered the "Incident" over at that stage, then it became a straightforward occupation !

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The exact date on all of these certificates is 29th April 1940. The lowest number certificate I have seen is 147,437 and the highest 3,201,849 and all were the same date. Also, the bravery and meritorious service awards handed out for the China Incident (ie. Golden Kite, Rising Sun and Sacred Treasure) were also given out on the same date of 29th April 1940. Hence, if you get a certificate with this date you can be pretty sure it is for this conflict.

Best regards,

Paul

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