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For Exemplary Bravery - The Queen's Gallantry Medal [Hardcover]

Nick Metcalfe
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31 Jan 2014
In 1974 the Queen's Gallantry Medal was instituted to replace awards for gallantry in the Order of the British Empire for actions not quite meriting the award of the George Medal. Since then it has been awarded on 1,044 occasions, which includes 38 posthumous awards and 19 second awards. 'For Exemplary Bravery' explains in detail, for the first time, why the Queen's Gallantry Medal was instituted. It explores the relationship between the Queen's Gallantry Medal and other awards for bravery and, also for the first time, explains why the Royal Warrant was amended in 1977 to allow for posthumous awards. Details of the medal's production are examined - the evolution of its design, the artists involved and how it is manufactured - and the original artwork for the reverse design is revealed. Although intended 'primarily for civilians', the author reveals that the medal has, in fact, been awarded to more military recipients than civilian. The majority of this unique book comprises the register of recipients and their stories of extraordinary bravery. It lists every award; all of the published citations are included, with explanatory notes, the personal recollections of many of the recipients, and the details of their other awards and medals. Also included are citations never before published in the London Gazette. A series of thirteen appendices provides first-hand accounts of events that prompted actions to rescue others, repel pirates, tackle armed and violent robbers or deal with unexploded bombs. 'For Exemplary Bravery' is lavishly illustrated with pictures of the recipients, images from the scenes of the incidents where they reacted so gallantly, and full colour photographs of many of their medals groups.


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  • Hardcover: 860 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Paul Metcalfe (31 Jan 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 095726951X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957269514
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 21.4 x 6.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Metcalfe was born in Northern Ireland into a family that for generations had worked in the linen mills of County Armagh and County Antrim.

He was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1982. In a successful military career over the course of 27 years he served all over the world; he spent just short of eleven years on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Iraq. He was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in 1989 and the MBE in 1997. He retired in 2009.

His current projects are a history of the 7th and 8th (Service) Battalions, Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) during the First World War; a 'prequel' to his book about the Queen's Gallantry Medal, looking at the awards in the Order of the British Empire for Gallantry; a study of policing in the British Empire in the first half of the 20th Century and a novel about Britain's Unknown Warrior.

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About the Author

Nick Metcalfe was born in Northern Ireland into a family that for generations had worked in the linen mills of County Armagh and County Antrim. He was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1982. In a successful military career over the course of 27 years he served all over the world; he spent just short of eleven years on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Iraq. He was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in 1989 and the MBE in 1997. He retired in 2009. His first book, 'Blacker's Boys', tells the First World War history of the 9th (Service) Battalion, Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) (County Armagh), one of thirteen infantry battalions raised in Ireland for 36th (Ulster) Division.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive and valuable survey of gallantry 13 Feb 2014
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This profusely illustrated book of more than 800 pages, contains the fruits of a very great deal of research and should be of great interest to anyone interested in what motivates those of humankind who have deliberately placed their own lives in danger for the sake of others. The book covers the history and evolution of British official and unofficial gallantry awards, and then includes the citations for every award-to-date of the Queen's Gallantry Medal together with other interesting material about the awardees, including their other medals and awards. Its Introduction is by Sir Ronnie Flanagan, and its appendices contain descriptions of some of the events that led to acts of bravery that were rewarded with QGMs.

In short a "must have" for the medal enthusiast and student of the better aspects of human nature. The author is to be congratulated on a most remarkable and valuable work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited book 19 Feb 2014
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It has always been diffficult to access information on the Queen's Gallantry Medal, in comparison with awards such as the George and Victoria Crosses. In the publication of this book, the author has corrected that, and then some! This is an enormous book, weighing about 3kg(!), of over 800 pages, and is excellent value for money. Far from being a 'dry' list of QGM receipients, this book has many photographs, both black and white and colour, and contains numerous interesting stories behind the award of this medal.

The book is a must for any receipient of the QGM, for which it will be a wonderful memento, for medal afficionado's, and for anyone who has an interest in the many and varied stories that resulted in the award.

The author is to be congratulated on the huge amount of work and research needed for a book of this magnitude, a book that should become a classic in its field.
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Like many of the recipients I was delighted to be involved in this book and ultimately share my story. I must admit however I was somewhat reticent at first, believing that no one would find my story even remotely interesting, more so after Carnival/Cunard Cruise Lines had successfully managed to bury the truth (and me) some years before. Nick's persona and genuine belief in me, and every 'contributor', quickly enabled me to believe in him and his vision for this book. As the title suggests this book is a tour de force, and one that delivers on so many levels. Filled with striking accounts of courage and self sacrifice, it also serves a superb resource for any military historian or student on the subject.
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The postman knocked on the door first to check someone was in before he was prepared to return to his van and carry the hefty book to the door! An absolute credit to the author and to those included within the pages. This impressive book, full of facts and great photos will take some time to digest and will then be a great reference book for future generations. Well worth the long wait. Highly recommended.
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