3. Replace a badge or medal

You can usually get a replacement veterans badge for free.

You may be able to get a replacement medal - it depends how it was lost. You’ll have to pay a replacement fee.

Replace a veterans badge

Follow the instructions for applying for a veterans badge - you can use the same form.

You’ll usually get your replacement veterans badge within 6 to 8 weeks of applying.

You don’t have to pay a fee if it’s the first veterans badge you’re replacing.

Replace a medal

You can only get a replacement medal from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) if it was stolen or destroyed, for example in a fire or flood. The medal must have been awarded for service after World War 1.

You’ll need to show proof by providing a copy of either a:

  • police crime report
  • successful insurance claim listing the individual items

You can also buy replacement medals from a licensed medal dealer.

How to apply

Download and fill in the medal application form to ask for a replacement medal. Send the form to the MOD Medal Office, along with:

  • a letter explaining how the medal was stolen or destroyed
  • a copy of the police report or insurance claim

The address is on the form.

Contact your unit’s human resources (HR) department if you’re currently serving in the armed forces.

After you’ve applied

You’ll get a letter from the Medal Office - usually within 10 working days of when your application’s received. If your application’s successful you’ll be told what the fee is and how to pay - the fee depends on the type of medal.

You’ll get the replacement within 4 weeks from the Medal Office getting your payment.