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Background imageMedals Collection: Poster - British Military medals

Poster - British Military medals
NAVAL, MILITARY AND RAF DECORATIONS AND MEDALS 1793-1973. Poster, revised and edited by Arthur Kipling of the Society for Army Historical Research, 1975 (c)

Background imageMedals Collection: Extirpation of the Plagues of Egypt: - Destruction of Revolutionary Crocodiles, 1798

Extirpation of the Plagues of Egypt: - Destruction of Revolutionary Crocodiles, 1798
XYC289253 Extirpation of the Plagues of Egypt:- Destruction of Revolutionary Crocodiles, 1798 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); 24.4x35.6 cm; Yale Center for British Art

Background imageMedals Collection: King George VI - fine photographic portrait

King George VI - fine photographic portrait
A very fine photographic portrait of King George VI (1895-1952) - King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth. Date: circa 1939

Background imageMedals Collection: Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Artist: Lemuel Francis Abbott

Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Artist: Lemuel Francis Abbott
Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799. Probably the most famous portrait of Nelson, painted after his victory at the Battle of the Nile, from an earlier sketch

Background imageMedals Collection: Gen C Gordon / Col Lith

Gen C Gordon / Col Lith
GENERAL CHARLES GORDON British military Governor General of the Sudan

Background imageMedals Collection: German Kaiser Wilhelm II with signature

German Kaiser Wilhelm II with signature
German Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) with signature. Date: circa 1908

Background imageMedals Collection: Princess Elizabeth - Attending the Trooping of the Colour

Princess Elizabeth - Attending the Trooping of the Colour
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) (1926-2022) - Attending the Trooping of the Colour - Taking the Salute. Date: circa 1952

Background imageMedals Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm II, German Emperor, WW1

Kaiser Wilhelm II, German Emperor, WW1
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), German Emperor, in uniform during the First World War. Postcard reproduction of a painting by Fischer. Date: 1914-1915

Background imageMedals Collection: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938)

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938) a Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first President. A very rare image

Background imageMedals Collection: The Staffordshire Regiment

The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales ) (or simply " Staffords" for short) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales Division

Background imageMedals Collection: Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799, (c1920). Artist: Henry Bone

Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799, (c1920). Artist: Henry Bone
Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1798-1799, (c1920). Portrait of Nelson after his victory at the Battle of the Nile. One of Britains greatest military figures

Background imageMedals Collection: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Creator: Thomas Lawrence

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Creator: Thomas Lawrence
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Portrait of Anglo-Irish soldier and future British prime minister Arthur Wellesley

Background imageMedals Collection: The Year of the Three British Kings - 1936

The Year of the Three British Kings - 1936
The Year of Three British Kings in 1936 - King George V (1865-1936), King Edward VIII (1894-1972) and finally King George VI (1895-1952). Date: 1936

Background imageMedals Collection: Queen Elizabeth II salutes

Queen Elizabeth II salutes
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh salute at the gates of Buckingham Palace, at the close of the Trooping of the Colour ceremony. 1953

Background imageMedals Collection: The Pearly King and Queen of Thornton Heath

The Pearly King and Queen of Thornton Heath
Larry Barnes (1926-2011) - Pearly King of Thornton Heath and one of Variety Theatres last specialist acts. Pictured with his Pearly Queen Maggie (1932)

Background imageMedals Collection: Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1993

Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1993
The giant pasty, which is baked in Polruan, ready to be taken by harbour tug across Fowey harbour. Members of the town band escort it, who this year are dressed as Chelsea pensioners

Background imageMedals Collection: King George VI - Coronation Souvenir Postcard

King George VI - Coronation Souvenir Postcard
King George VI (1895-1952), Elizabeth, Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the Dominions (1900-2002) (later, Queen Elizabeth)

Background imageMedals Collection: Bryant and May safety match matchbox label

Bryant and May safety match matchbox label
Bryant and May special safety match matchbox label with prize medals and stating protection from fire and are not poisonous Date: c. 1910s

Background imageMedals Collection: British Military Recruitment Poster - Inter-war period

British Military Recruitment Poster - Inter-war period
Recruitment poster, Join the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1920 (c). Printed by Gale and Polden Ltd, 1920 (c). Includes photographs of Victoria Cross winners from the regiment. Date: 1920

Background imageMedals Collection: Lord Dufferin, 8th Viceroy of India

Lord Dufferin, 8th Viceroy of India
Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826-1902), 8th Viceroy of India, 1884-1888. He previously served as Governor General of Canada

Background imageMedals Collection: Great Orders of Knighthood and other high decorations

Great Orders of Knighthood and other high decorations
Insignia of the chief orders following in importance that of the Garter. The ribbons are represented by the backgrounds, except in the Order of Merit, and that of the Companions of Honour. Date: 1937

Background imageMedals Collection: Shah of Iran - Reza Shah Pevlavi

Shah of Iran - Reza Shah Pevlavi
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, (1919 - 1980). Emperor of Iran from 16th September 1941, until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11th February 1979"

Background imageMedals Collection: Portrait of Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, c1814. Artist: Francisco Goya

Portrait of Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, c1814. Artist: Francisco Goya
Portrait of Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, c1814. Found in the collection of the National Gallery, London

Background imageMedals Collection: Portrait of Nelson (1758-1805) (oil on panel)

Portrait of Nelson (1758-1805) (oil on panel)
XIR158637 Portrait of Nelson (1758-1805) (oil on panel) by Healy, George Peter Alexander (1808-94) (after); 72x56 cm; ChAteau de Versailles

Background imageMedals Collection: Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts - British Military

Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts - British Military
Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (18321914), Anglo-Irish soldier and one of the most successful commanders of the Victorian era - notable for his actions during the African wars

Background imageMedals Collection: Guard wearing a bearskin hat at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, London

Guard wearing a bearskin hat at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, London
Pageantry of guardsmen on parade at the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II during the Celebrations in London

Background imageMedals Collection: Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1

Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Frederic Rollet (1875-1941), General in the French Foreign Legion, Regiment de Marche. Seen here during the First World War, probably at Verdun, northern France

Background imageMedals Collection: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Tsar Nicholas II (Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov, 1868-1918), last Tsar of Russia (reigned 1894-1918). Date: circa 1900

Background imageMedals Collection: Nicolas Ii / George V Phot

Nicolas Ii / George V Phot
KING GEORGE V OF ENGLAND With Czar Nicholas II of Russia in full military dress

Background imageMedals Collection: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean - Feb 1984 win The Gold Medal for Great Britain

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean - Feb 1984 win The Gold Medal for Great Britain in the Olympic Ice Dance Championships in Sarajevo

Background imageMedals Collection: Major John Rouse Merriott Chard, VC, 1881

Major John Rouse Merriott Chard, VC, 1881. Chard (1847-1897), then a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, commanded the British defenders at Rorkes Drift, South Africa, in January 1879

Background imageMedals Collection: Field Marshal Lord Roberts, Commander in Chief of the forces in South Africa, 1902

Field Marshal Lord Roberts, Commander in Chief of the forces in South Africa, 1902. Artist: Lafayette
Field Marshal Lord Roberts, Commander in Chief of the forces in South Africa, 1902. Sir Frederick, 1st Earl Roberts (1832-1914) was one of the foremost British military figures of Victorian times

Background imageMedals Collection: Marshal georgy zhukov, hero of the soviet union, 1945

Marshal georgy zhukov, hero of the soviet union, 1945

Background imageMedals Collection: Princess Elizabeth at the Bath Club

Princess Elizabeth at the Bath Club
Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) pictured in a swimming costume at the Bath Club. Date: c.1938

Background imageMedals Collection: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut

Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968), Soviet cosmonaut and first man in space. Gagarin was born in the village of Klushino near Gzhatsk, Russia

Background imageMedals Collection: Ben Dale, lifeboatman of Harwich, Essex

Ben Dale, lifeboatman of Harwich, Essex
Ben Dale, a famous lifeboatman of Harwich, Essex, who served as Coxswain for 23 years. Pictured here with two medals pinned to his chest

Background imageMedals Collection: Two Sikh Princes of the Punjab, 20th July 1918 (b / w photo)

Two Sikh Princes of the Punjab, 20th July 1918 (b / w photo)
PNP314563 Two Sikh Princes of the Punjab, 20th July 1918 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMedals Collection: Edward VIII on his accession, 1936 (b / w photo)

Edward VIII on his accession, 1936 (b / w photo)
STC444630 Edward VIII on his accession, 1936 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Edward VIII (1894-1972), King of Great Britain

Background imageMedals Collection: British Legion Mens Brass Band - July 1947

British Legion Mens Brass Band - July 1947
Band playing at West Chiltington. Men with flags in background. George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref. No. Garland N28243

Background imageMedals Collection: Nicolas I - The King of Montenegro

Nicolas I - The King of Montenegro
Nikola (Nicholas) I Mirkov Petrovic-Njegos (1841 1921) - the only king of Montenegro, reigning from 1910 to 1918 (and as prince from 1860 to 1910). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageMedals Collection: Major James McCudden, Royal Flying Corps, WW1

Major James McCudden, Royal Flying Corps, WW1
Major James Thomas Byford McCudden (1895-1918), officer and pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. He received more medals for gallantry than any other British airman serving in

Background imageMedals Collection: Derby Water Polo Club

Derby Water Polo Club
DERBY WATER POLO CLUB Eight men in swimming costumes, six in formal suits and a cup in the centre of the photograph. Date: 1906

Background imageMedals Collection: Alfred ( Alfie ) Shrubb - Famous Long Distance Runner

Alfred ( Alfie ) Shrubb - Famous Long Distance Runner. He won all there was to win in long-distance running as is evident in this photograph

Background imageMedals Collection: Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov, Soviet officer in the Red Army who played a decisive role during World War Two, including the capture of Berlin

Background imageMedals Collection: Lord Kitchener making a presentation to an Indian trooper

Lord Kitchener making a presentation to an Indian trooper
Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, (1850 - 1916), a British Field Marshal, diplomat, and statesman, hands a colonial Indian cavalry soldier a medal

Background imageMedals Collection: Order British Empire

Order British Empire
Order of the British Empire (Obe)

Background imageMedals Collection: Kitchener / Army Celebs

Kitchener / Army Celebs
Horatio, Lord Kitchener 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum Soldier

Background imageMedals Collection: Admiral Edward Pellew, engraved by William Holly (1807-71) from National Portrait Gallery

Admiral Edward Pellew, engraved by William Holly (1807-71) from National Portrait Gallery
KW274212 Admiral Edward Pellew, engraved by William Holly (1807-71) from National Portrait Gallery, volume III, published c.1835 (litho) by Owen



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"Medals: A Glorious Reflection of History and Honor" Step into the world of medals, where stories of bravery, achievements, and moments frozen in time come to life. This captivating poster showcases a collection of British Military medals, each one representing an extraordinary tale etched in gold. Gaze upon King George VI's fine photographic portrait, a regal figure who bestowed these prestigious honors upon valiant soldiers. Among them is General C Gordon and Colonel Lith, their names forever linked to acts of heroism that echo through generations. Princess Elizabeth graces this scene as well, attending the Trooping of the Colour with grace and elegance befitting her future role as Queen. Her presence adds a touch of royalty to this display of valor. Intriguingly juxtaposed is Kaiser Wilhelm II's image alongside his signature—a reminder that even amidst conflict and war they can transcend borders and tell tales from both sides. The Year of the Three British Kings—1936—marks a significant chapter in history when three monarchs held power within twelve months. Traveling further back in time brings us to Regatta and Carnival Week in Fowey, Cornwall—an event filled with joyous celebrations where they were awarded for exceptional feats on land or sea. It serves as a reminder that not all accolades are earned on battlefields; sometimes they are won through sheer determination or artistic prowess. Kaiser Wilhelm II reappears once more but now associated with World War I—a stark contrast to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's name beside him. These two figures symbolize opposing forces during tumultuous times but share common ground as recipients or bestowers of honor. The Staffordshire Regiment proudly displays its emblematic medal—a testament to their unwavering dedication towards protecting their homeland. Their sacrifices embody the essence behind these cherished symbols—the recognition for those who go above and beyond duty's call.