The Medal Year­book 2016

Edited by John W Mussell

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( 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

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