the creator of medals.org.uk
“I am going to recommend the Orders and Medals Society of America ( www.omsa.org) which is a society of medal collectors centred in (but not confined to) the United States and their interests are equally worldwide.
Of particular note is the images database, filled with pictures of orders, decorations and medals from around the world. This is an invaluable resource if you are trying to identify an unusual medal you have found in an ancestor’s effects or depicted in a photograph. Those who run the site, although quite small in number, are friendly and willing to answer inquiries and try to identify mystery medals for all comers – very helpful if you are puzzled by something that you have found. There is a growing blog section where members write in detail about their particular areas of expertise – this can make a fascinating read. If they are writing about something relevant to your research, it can really put matters in context.
As well as running my own Medals of the World website (see box 5, facing page), I’m the Image Database Manager, and have spent 18 months on a major overhaul of the British section, adding a lot more detail, and of course more pictures, to that section.”
US Private Daniel Edwards receives medals in 1923 for actions in France during the First World War
omsa.org can help in identifying medals from around the world