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For Exemplary Bravery - The Queen's Gallantry Medal

For Exemplary Bravery - The Queen's Gallantry Medal

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By (author) Nick Metcalfe

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  • Publisher: Nicholas Paul Metcalfe
  • Format: Hardback | 860 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 285mm x 62mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Timberland
  • ISBN 10: 095726951X
  • ISBN 13: 9780957269514
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white, and colour)
  • Sales rank: 117,287

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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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Author information

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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By Gerard Buchtmann QGM JP 04 Mar 2014 5

Having just seen and read my copy of 'For Exemplary Bravery - the Queen's Gallantry Medal', and as a recipient of the "Queen's Gallantry Medal", I never fully understood its origins until I was contacted by Nick Metcalfe back in October 2013. I have never seen or heard the citation that went with my medal and I am thankful to Nick for sending me a copy of the citation. Following many emails between Nick and myself and what has been put together with the material I was able to send to Nick it is a wonderful tribute to the team I led at the 1977 Granville Train Disaster and the work they did. There is a photo with Sgt. Joe Beecroft and myself which I had never seen until I read my copy of the book. Again I am currently awaiting a copy of my citation from the NSW Government.
My family were very impressed with the research and photos in the book and so I am now ordering them a separate copy.
Congratulations Nick on a wonderful book.
Gerard F Buchtmann QGM JP

By David Hewett-Lacon 28 Feb 2014 5

This is a book for which I, and the other 39 QGM recipients have waited for since the last QGM was issued to an Australian in 1986, when the Australian system of honours and awards totally replaced imperial decorations. However, I never imagined that such a fine and authoritative work would one day be authored and published. This work is by far the most outstanding example of research and documentation in respect any imperial award I have come across in 40 years as a police officer, and a serving senior commissioned officer of the Royal Australian Air Force.
'For Exemplary Bravery' set the benchmark for all similar works; I would be surprised if that benchmark was ever reached, let alone surpassed. This is a book which every relevant military establishment should have in its library. The accounts of outstanding courage by both civilian and military personnel contained in this book (1000 or so) should be studied by all whom not only have an interest in decorations and awards, but by anyone in general who is interested in the under-reported, and little known qualities of ordinary citizens.

I will be donating a copy of 'For Exemplary Bravery' to the Australian Bravery Association, and would recommend that they make available a copy to Government House as a fitting tribute to Australian bravery before the introduction of our own awards.
Congratulations Nick Metcalfe MBE, QGM on this world class book.

By Stephen Holmes 20 Feb 2014 5

It has always been difficult to access information on the Queens 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.

By DAJ Hepworth 16 Feb 2014 5

This most excellent informative, factual and enthralling reference work is the monumental product of the " Labour of Love" of the author. A fitting tribute to him, his long suffering family, and all those contained within the pages of this historical reference.
This is a must have addition to any library, or collection.


Comment |Thoroughly recommended.

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