This exceptional guide to researching medals shows how to trace individuals and actions using Britain's best record collections. In combines in a single volume the unique resources of the National Archives and the India Office records at the British Library, featuring military and civilian awards, orders, decorations and medals from 1793 to 1992.
Meticulously researched and structured geographically for ease of use, the book includes campaigns from Java to New Orleans, Copenhagen to Egypt, as well as a comprehensive treatment of awards issued in both World Wars. Over twenty case studies also tell the stories behind the medal rolls, ranging from senior military figures to a 14 year old African bugler.
Written by a leading medal expert and military specialist at the National Archives, the guide is full of helpful and practical advice. It enables the reader to harness the awards system to benefit your own research, whether you are tracing an ancestor, regiment, medal and campaign. Details of the rapidly expanding online material and recent or imminent releases are interwoven with tips on extending research into areas such as the census and war diaries.
'Medals' advises on the best online access and places to visit, as well as strategies for extending research into sources such as the census and the War Diaries. Combining detailed descriptions – far fuller than those in online catalogues – with an insider’s knowledge on imminent record releases, this is the perfect, time-saving tool for family historians, military enthusiasts and collectors alike.
About this Guide
Using the National Archive and the British Library
Part 1, Section 1: Campaign Medals
2. Naval General Service ((1793-1840), Military General Service and Waterloo Medals
3. Campaign Medals by Operational Theatre
4. First World War Campaign Medals
5. Second World War Campaign Medals
Part 1, Section 2: Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards
7. The London Gazette'
8. Colonial, Dominion and Indian Gazettes
9. General Advice
10. Civilian Awards
11. Awards by Operational Theatre (except WW1 and WW2)
12. First World War Awards
13. Awards Given Between the Wars
14. Second World War Awards: Royal Navy and Royal Marines
15. Second World War Awards: Army
16. Second World War Awards: RAF
17. Second World War Awards: Civilians
18. New Year and Birthday Honours Lists
19. Foreign Awards to Britons and British Awards to Foreigners
20. Military Awards Post-1945
21. Gallantry (Life Saving) Awards
22. Long Service and Good Conduct Awards
23. Coronation and Jubilee Medals
24. Commemorative and Miscellaneous Medals
25. Research Techniques
26. Online Information
Appendix A: Where to see Medals
Appendix B: Medal and Other Societies
Appendix C: Published Sources and Further Reading
Glossary of Abbreviations