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Campaign medals were awarded to cover specified conflicts, while gallantry medals recognise personal accomplishments by members of the armed forces or acts of civilian bravery.

Collecting areas range widely in this field, from regiments and types of medals to those awarded by certain countries or for special forces. Many campaign medal groups will also include gallantry awards too, and the latter involve remarkable stories of heroism.


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Titanic twists of fate: tale of two auction lots in the US and UK

11 May 2022

Fate played a cruel hand in the case of two Titanic passengers whose stories have come to light through recent auction lots.

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Pick of the week: Record price for an RAF Victoria Cross

02 May 2022

The Battle of Britain or Dambusters are usually involved when it comes to sizeable Royal Air Force medal results.

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Canadian ‘Black Battalion’ memento sells at Dix Noonan Webb

02 May 2022

A medal awarded to a member of the only Canadian battalion composed of black soldiers to serve in the First World War has sold in a London auction.

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Medals and militaria: Demand for medal groups backed by stirring accounts of bravery shows no sign of easing up

14 March 2022

The healthy demand for top-notch medals with interesting back-stories shows no sign of decreasing, judging by recent results.

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If you can’t afford a full-size VC try a miniature version

14 March 2022

If a full-size Victoria Cross medal group is beyond your price range, a lot sold at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) is perhaps the next best thing.

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Story of a redoubtable Irish nationalist and social reformer

14 March 2022

Kathleen Lynn can be seen very much as a modern woman of her time. The daughter of a County Mayo Church of Ireland rector, her upbringing was conservatively Protestant and Unionist but she became politically radicalised through her exposure to the poverty of Dublin’s slums while she studied medicine.

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Caterpillar and dolphin dangers

14 March 2022

RAF Wing Commander Terence Helfer’s Distinguished Flying Cross citation stated: “He has undertaken many hazardous missions…”

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Pick of the week: Franklin connection boosts medal group

14 February 2022

The search for doomed explorer John Franklin grips collectors almost as much as expeditions of discovery themselves.

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Welcoming Nelson's protégé Hoste at Morton & Eden

14 February 2022

Nelson held his protégé Captain Sir William Hoste KCB (1780-1828) in high esteem.

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‘A tiger in a fight’

14 February 2022

Dix Noonan Webb set a record for a British army Victoria Cross on June 23.

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RAF Museum buys medals awarded to last surviving Tirpitz attacker from 617 (Dambuster) Squadron

03 February 2022

The medal group awarded to the last surviving RAF pilot of 617 (Dambuster) Squadron to attack the German battleship Tirpitz has been sold to the RAF Museum via a sale arranged by London auction house Dix Noonan Webb.

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The death penny ‘issued in error’ to a deserter

17 January 2022

The ubiquitous First World War memorial plaques – the ‘death penny’ – need to have a posthumous recipient of note to sell for anything more than £50-100.

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Heroic exploits of naval skipper who later came a cropper

03 January 2022

Many of the unsung British heroes of both world wars served in the royal and merchant navies carrying and protecting supplies to Russia or the USSR.

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‘Tommy’ was a remarkable wartime countess

03 January 2022

A group of medals awarded to a First World War ‘Tommy’ sold for a mid-estimate £2400 at Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on October 20-21. Not that unusual, it would seem.

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Medal group and archive breaks through walls at auction

27 September 2021

One of the most daring air operations of the Second World War included New Zealand pilot Flight Lieutenant Maxwell Nicholas Sparks as a participant.

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Father and son medal group take flight in Gloucestershire sale

20 September 2021

Serving in the Glider Pilot Regiment was a tough task during the Second World War.

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Militaria from D-Day Royal Marines Commando makes 18-times estimate

30 August 2021

The best-performing entry of the Lindsay Burns (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Perth on July 20-22 against estimate was a militaria lot.

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Medal awarded to the first British soldier killed in the First World War sells at Dix Noonan Webb

23 August 2021

This otherwise humble 1914 Star acquired great historical resonance in the knowledge it was awarded to Private John Parr of the 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment).

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The ‘Tubby’ pilot who flew 100 operational sorties

09 August 2021

As his nickname suggests, Wing Commander Sidney Baker (1918-2007) enjoyed the finer things in life.

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Medals and militaria: Victoria Cross sets army auction record

09 August 2021

A new high for a British army Victoria Cross as 'exceptional’ example also sets a house record for a medal at Dix Noonan Webb