The following is from,
OPERATION CROWN ASSOCIATION;
Please find attached proposals for a Medal for
There will be a request that the Award will be presented
by a Thai Govt/Military representative to those who intend to
come to Thailand for the 50 year road celebrations. Alternatively
by the Thai DA in the U.K. for those not going to Thailand.
Requests for Posthumous Awards by relatives will also
Please let me have your requirements A.S.A.P.
Neville Wareham OCA
Operation Crown Commemorative Medal Proposal
At the OCA AGM, in Winchester on 2nd April, members were informed that the UK Govt/MoD would not consider issuing any further retrospective awards for military operations, as a consequence of the review undertaken by Sir John Holmes in July 2012. See
Furthermore, all attempts to persuade the Thai Government to issue an Op Crown medal ultimately collapsed, even with the support of the DA British Embassy, Bangkok, the Thai DA in the Royal Thai Embassy, London and the AD Foreign Liaison Division, in the Thai Directorate of Joint Intelligence.
As a consequence of the above, it was proposed that we investigate the cost of having our own commemorative medal produced with the casting and tooling costs being paid by OCA and full members paying individually for the medals they require, at cost price plus P&P.
Non-members would be able to purchase medals from OCA at a small additional cost so the Association could recover part of its casting and tooling costs.
This investigation has now been undertaken by Roger Andrews and, in outline; the costs of a full size 36mm diameter medal are estimated as follows:
Tooling, casting & ribbon £1,560 incl VAT. To be paid by OCA
Commemorative Medal with Ribbon on bar, ready to wear & in presentation box. £43.80 incl VAT. This is the maximum price dependant on the production run.
To be paid by individuals but price could be as low as £34.80 if production run is 100 or more.
Engraving with No. Rank & Name at date of service during 1963-68 £15.00 incl VAT. To be paid for individually.
Miniatures can also be provided with a tooling cost of £900 incl VAT and a maximum
individual cost of £17.58 incl VAT, again subject to production run required.
Before the Association progresses the matter and arranges production, persons are requested to let us know of their requirements asap, in simple terms such as 1 x Full Size Medal with or without engraving and/or 1 Miniature Medal.
We will then place a firm order once we have some idea of the quantity required.
Whilst delivery time is forecast to be 6 weeks, individual costs will be requested in advance to avoid any financial risk being taken by the Association. The design of the medal will be on the lines of that attached to this proposal. Both the UK MoD and the Thai Govt have been approached about the design and there have been no objections.