Updated: 23 February, 2010

New Zealand

New Zealand Cpl Willy Apiata saved the life of a comrade under heavy fire from opposing forces in Afghanistan. He is to receive a Victoria Cross for his bravery. SAS soldier awarded Victoria Cross The first New Zealand soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross since World War II says he was just doing his job when he carried a wounded comrade through enemy fire. Special Air Service (SAS) Corporal Bill (Willy) Apiata, 35, will receive the medal for services in Afghanistan in 2004, Prime Minister Helen Clark. Three other SAS soldiers are also to receive bravery awards for actions during the same mission. Clark said Apiata's actions were carried out despite extreme danger to himself and there was no question he had saved his comrade's life. stuff.co.nz 2 Jul 07

Only medals approved for wearing by Her Majesty the Queen or her predecessors may be worn. Medals are to be mounted in the same manner as medals worn on the left-hand breast side. No neck decorations or breast stars belonging to deceased family members are to be worn. The mounting of medals belonging to deceased family members is to be at the individual's expense. There is no restriction on the number of medals worn on the right hand side. except that they are not to detract from the appearance of the uniform or interfere with any duty the service person must perform as part of the commemorative occasion eg if in a Service Guard. Commanding Officers may in such circumstances direct that all or some medals are not to be worn. (Ref: Mike Smith from RNZNS Navy Today Magazine) (May 02)