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Chief Stoker said:This doesn't seem to be a problem in AUS or NZ where the practice is accepted and encouraged. People should stop being so self righteous and mind there own business unless its a clear case of exposing a Walt and even then some who have every right to wear their honors are being called out by the "experts".
Australia has no real policy on the subject, but accepts it by convention (http://www.rsl.org.au/Our-Services/Medals/The-Wearing-of-Medals-and-Decorations)
New Zealand accepts it and seems to have codified it (http://medalsreunitednz.co.nz/wearing-medals/)
The Royal British Legion accepts the practice, but does not encourage it. From one of their websites:
The official position is that they should not be worn. However, it was generally accepted soon after the Great War that widows of the fallen wore their late husband's medals on the right breast on suitable occasions.
More recently it has become the custom for any family member to wear medals of deceased relations in this way, sometimes trying to give a complete family military history by wearing several groups.
Although understandable, it is officially incorrect. When several groups are worn, it does little for the dignity of the original owners.
The Legion takes a pragmatic view, and our Ceremonial Rules state:
'The official rules for wearing medals allow only official awards to be worn. Unofficial purchased medals and foreign medals which do not have the Sovereign's permission to be worn are not allowed. Standard Bearers, Parade Marshals and other officials on Legion duty are bound by this ruling and unofficial medals must not be worn when on Legion duty. The medals awarded to a deceased Service/ex-Service person may be worn on the right breast by a near relative (mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter and son). Not more than one group should be worn by any individual'.
No action will be taken officially if anyone wears a relation's medals. In the Legion, this is banned for:
parade officials, and
as stated above for other members.
An alternative is to have the medals framed.