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Recognition for heroism under fire comes in various ways, but often it is in the form of a medal or ribbon. These records contain the names of war heroes, their acts of bravery and their subsequent awards.


These records will tell you what your ancestor did to be recognised and awarded by the military, and often when and why the award was bestowed.

War service provides most soldiers opportunity for heroism and honour. Surely many heroes go unnoticed, but for those that are, recognition comes in various ways - often in the form of a medal or ribbon. Lists of these honours and descriptions of the event leading up to it are listed here.

These collections can be a unique source for discovering the names of parents, spouse, and children.

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