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For some medals there are registers and lists of recipients covering a specific war, year or range of years. Find out where to look for records of a particular medal by consulting the table below. The following general advice will also help you get started:. In some cases, to view records you will need to find document references and either order copies or visit us to view the original documents in person. The following records, however, can be viewed or downloaded online:. You can use our catalogue to search for records.

Search with the name of a medal using the advanced search to target the records of the respective record departments for each branch of the military, as follows:. You can search the Gazette by name, service number, publication date and type of award. There was always a delay between the gallant deed, the actual award of a medal, and publication in the London Gazette. The Gazette indexes available at The National Archives can help to establish a date. Check published sources, such as those in the further reading section of this guide, before you start a search for records of recommendations or citations as they may provide exact document references and additional information.

The table below provides links to the record series most likely to contain information on individual awards. Click on the document series references and search by name of medal. The online records can be searched by name of recipient. Contact the Ministry of Defence who may be able to supply you with the file reference. Bear in mind that medals issued by the British Army were not awarded exclusively to British Army soldiers — they could be awarded to personnel from the other armed services too. Some of these pre-publication announcements are annotated.

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Military awards exchanged between British and foreign armies from onwards are searchable by name and award in the recommendations WO online. These can include those not appearing in the London Gazette. Locate files containing these lists using the Foreign Office correspondence indexes at The National Archives. It is thought that these lists are not comprehensive.

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In general, you can search our catalogue by the medal name or its abbreviation to see if there are any policy files. There are some specific series which document the regulations governing the award of medals. They are:. Orders for gallantry medals especially in the 19th century may be accompanied by details of recipients and of the action that led to the award.

Contact the Ministry of Defence for campaign and other medals issued after Medals issued before can no longer be replaced. Lists the medals awarded for service in the British armed forces, accompanied by an image for each medal. Victoria Cross and other awards issued with Army Orders….

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Search our website Search our records. How to look for records of British military gallantry medals How can I view the records covered in this guide?

View online How many are online? None Some All. Order copies We can either copy our records onto paper or deliver them to you digitally. Visit us in Kew Visit us in Kew to see original documents or view online records for free.

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Pay for research Consider paying for research. Contents 1. Why use this guide? The records of gallantry medals and awards 3.

How to find records 4. Foreign awards to Britons and British awards to foreign servicemen and women from 5. Regulations and policy files from 6. The design and manufacture of medals 7. By Rachel Endley.

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