The Medal Yearbook 2016
Edited by John W Mussell
( Token Publishing Ltd, 608 pages, £19.95) The annual appearance of the Medal Yearbook is always welcome and this year’s is bigger than ever – the editors say 2017’s version will be thinner and only feature medals likely to be worn among British soldiers.
It’s fully up to date, including the new Ebola Medal, awarded to military and civilian personnel who served recently in West Africa. The usual gallantry and campaign medals are well covered, as well as long and meritorious service awards, coronation medals, Commonwealth, Irish and South African medals, lifesaving awards, unofficial medals, common foreign awards and “Miscellaneous”, which includes the Suffragette Medal and Securicor Medal for Bravery, among many others. It’s highly unlikely you’ll have a medal that isn’t featured in the book.
This is a specialisti li publication but given that many family historians will have ancestors who won medals, and beautifully illustrated in colour as it is, this is an excellent guide for identifying them and learning what an ancestor must have done to be awarded them, whether singly or in a group.
However, some care is required when looking at the guide prices given, as medal values, with some exceptions, have fallen recently.
Phil Tomaselli is an author and
military family history expert