Understand Naval Medals

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Understanding naval medals

Do you have a medal at home that belonged to someone who served in the Royal Navy during 20th century?

Then we may be able to help. This section describes some of the most commonly awarded medals granted to service personnel and will help to identify what type of medal you have.


Medal categories

Service personnel have received many different types of medal. Medals divide most commonly into several categories - orders, decorations, gallantry, campaign, long service, and meritorious service.

This section will focus on some examples of gallantry , campaign and service medals.


Follow the links on the left hand side to find out more about each particular medal