British Gallantry Awards, 1855-2000
Since ancient times soldiers have been honoured for gallantry in battle. Over the years and in different societies such honours have taken many forms but since the 1850s specific acts of bravery 'in the face of the enemy' by British and Imperial forces have been recognised by the award of a range of wearable decorations. These provide a visible indication both of the bravery of the recipient and of its recognition by the government and nation. Collecting awards for gallantry and researching them and their recipients have become a significant hobby within the world of militaria and numismatics; it provides enthusiasts with a feeling of real contact with those who experienced the dangers and excitement of the great events of military history and it helps to keep alive the memory of brave men and women who served their country around the world. This book surveys these British decorations and medals from their origins in the Crimean War of 18546 up to the end of the twentieth century. About the author Peter Duckers has been a collector of British campaign and gallantry medals for thirty-five years and now specialises in awards to the Indian Army. He has written numerous magazine and journal articles about medals and is a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, a member of the Orders and Medals Research Society, the Military Historical Society and the Indian Military Historical Society. He is Curator of the Shropshire Regimental Museum in Shrewsbury Castle. Other titles for Shire by this author: British Campaign Medals 1815-1914 (see above) British Campaign Medals 19142000 (see above) The British Indian Army 1860-1914 (see below) British Orders and Decorations (see below)
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Early unofficial and regimental awards
Official awards and the Crimean War 18546
Other awards and emblems
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