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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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Bracelet worn by Princess Margaret in Cecil Beaton photo comes to auction in London

29 July 2021

An Art Deco cultured pearl and diamond bracelet owned by Princess Margaret and worn for her 19th birthday photograph taken by Cecil Beaton in 1949 is coming up at auction.

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New museum planned for Battle of Britain medals

14 June 2021

A Battle of Britain medal group sold at Gloucestershire auction house Dominic Winter will go on display at a new museum in London, it has been revealed.

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Battle of Britain medal groups hit six figures

07 June 2021

Two impressive Battle of Britain medal groups offered a day apart at separate auctions both took six-figure sums.

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Victoria Cross awarded for heroic defensive feat 'ranking alongside Rorke's Drift' comes for sale

05 June 2021

A unique Victoria Cross group of medals for “a feat that probably ranks alongside Rorke’s Drift in the history of famous defences against overwhelming odds” is estimated at £300,000-400,000 at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb on June 23.

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Battle of Britain medals and logbooks awarded to two of The Few come up at auction

05 May 2021

Medal groups awarded to two of The Few – the heroic RAF and Fleet Air Arm pilots of the Battle of Britain – are on offer at auction this month.

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Courageous messenger honoured

01 May 2021

A Victoria Cross group awarded to a British soldier who volunteered to carry a vital message to a stranded platoon at Mericourt in October 1918, in the knowledge that five of his comrades had already been in killed in turn making earlier attempts, sold for £200,000.

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Cold courage comes into play for Victoria Cross from First World War

05 April 2021

“I joined up as a youngster for a bit of fun, but it didn’t turn out like that. We were young men made old before our time.”

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Have a medal instead of a drink, mate

22 March 2021

Soldiers are often associated with hard drinking – but rarely temperance.

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Remedy to make a high medal price

22 March 2021

Major Henry Milligan of the Royal Army Medical Corps not only won a Military Cross for bravery in the First World War in 1917, but gained another one.

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Kent connection counts at auction

22 March 2021

The medal group of a colonel believed to be the most heavily decorated Military Police officer in the history of the corps sold for a mid-estimate £2400.

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George Cross record broken again by London saleroom

22 February 2021

The world record for a George Cross has been broken by a medal awarded to a courageous British soldier who died in captivity during the Korean War.

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Air Vice-Marshal's medal group flies high at Spink

15 February 2021

Among the highlights of the year at Spink was a group of 17 medals awarded to Air Vice-Marshal Sir Matthew Brown ‘Bunty’ Frew (1895-1974).

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An Indian Mutiny double Morton & Eden

15 February 2021

The Medals, Orders and Decorations sale at Morton & Eden in November featured two Victoria Crosses awarded during the Indian Mutiny. They sold to the same buyer for a combined hammer price of £300,000.

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Victoria Cross group belonging to ‘Australian’ hero of Inkerman among DMW's annual highlights

15 February 2021

Dix Noonan Webb’s highest-priced lot of 2020 was this Crimean War Naval Brigade Victoria Cross group of four sold for £240,000 on October 15. The estimate was £120,000-160,000.

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Fishing trip that sank enemy ships

14 December 2020

After a somewhat chequered period before the war, during which his employment ranged from gold-digging and sailing the South Sea Islands to running a camel racing team and a betting shop, Lt Hubert (Ted) Carse of the the Royal Australian Naval Reserve ended up as a hero.

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Hughie Green took his flying opportunity

14 December 2020

Hughie Green (1920-97) is well known as star of film, radio and TV, such as Opportunity Knocks – and a colourful personal life such as being father to Paula Yates. However, he also had a long and eventful career in aviation.

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Falklands War honours fetch six figures

14 December 2020

The Falklands War was 38 years ago now. However, for medal collectors the conflict is very much in mind, as evidenced by two six-figure results recently at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

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Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross winners in sale spotlights

14 December 2020

Two Victoria Cross medals awarded during the Indian Mutiny offered by Morton & Eden (20% buyer’s premium) in London sold to the same buyer.

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Museum buys memorial plaque of Great War’s ‘first black officer’

14 November 2020

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) has bought a First World War ‘dead man’s penny’ memorial plaque.

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Remembering the Great War’s ‘first black officer’

02 November 2020

A First World War ‘dead man’s penny’ memorial plaque awarded to a soldier believed to be the first black officer commissioned into a British army regiment during the conf lict and the first black officer casualty is coming up at auction.