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Just a British War Medal

For those of us who collect medals, not just for the medal, but also for “the man behind the medal,” single medals or broken groups are a great source of enjoyment due to the pleasant hours of research that they can provide. One such medal is a

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Territorial Force War Medal to Royal Artillery Officers

Figure 1: Obverse (left) and reverse of the Territorial Force War Medal.  Medal collectors generally are quite aware of numbers – especially when those numbers indicate the number of medals awarded for a specific campaign or the number of clasps awarded to a specific regiment for a

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British Victory Medal 1914-1919 Part III: Statistics

In earlier blog’s (Part I and Part II) I’ve discussed evidence for the British Type I Victory Medal and the manner in which one could identify Type I Victory Medals. In those blogs it was established that by mid-1920 at least 33,190 Type I Victory Medals were

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Researching Medal Recipients, Part 1: Free Materials from The British National Archives

Many British medal collectors are interested in researching not only the medal, but also the “man behind the medal.”  This is the first in a number of blogs which will discuss various materials available on line that may assist the collector in finding additional information on their

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US Distinguished Service Medal to a British Officer

On the “Medal Collectors’ Cooperative” blog on this site, Jeff Floyd recently gave us the story of Major General Sir Henry Thornton, an American who served with the British Army during World War I and received the Distinguished Service Medal from the United States Army. Jeff indicates

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Naming protocols for British Great War Stars and Medals

Collectors are often confused about the rank used in the naming of British Great War stars and medals as often that rank is different than the rank held during the service for which the medal or star was awarded.  Below are the rules for the four most

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The Victory Medal, 1914-1919: Part II

Since at least the 1990s the Medal Office of the Ministry of Defence has continually stated that they were no longer issuing/reissuing medals that were issued prior to World War II to original recipients or their next of kin, but in 2014 this policy was revised and

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The British Victory Medal, 1914-1919: Part I

Representatives of the Allies at the Paris Council in March 1919 approved the issuance by each member nation of a medal to commemorate the victory over the Central Powers.  The medal was to be in bronze with a mount and color similar to the French War Medal

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