A central design of the Royal Cypher of King George VI, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by the words THE AFRICA STAR.
Plain. To bear the recipient’s number, rank and name.
Red band in the centre with pale yellow bands on each side. A narrow dark blue stripe appears in the centre of the left yellow band and a narrow light blue stripe in the centre of the right yellow band.
A bareheaded effigy of King George VI, facing left, and the inscription GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP.
The Royal Crown rests on the stump of an oak tree, flanked by a lion and a lioness. At the top left is the date 1939, and at the top right, the date 1945. The base of the medal has the words THE DEFENCE MEDAL in two lines.
A broad, flame coloured band in the centre flanked by stripes of green, with narrow black stripes in the centre of each green stripe.