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Medals and Decorations

Awarded to British Officers in the Peninsular War

From the beginning of civilisation certain acts and meritorious behaviour by individuals were proudly displayed to the community; from simple animal skins in the most primitive societies to more symbolic forms in ancient but more organised societies such as Ancient Egypt and Classical Greece. Public recognition was given by presenting a symbolic object. The recognition of individual merit, apart from being well deserved served as an incentive to others to reach great heights.

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