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Hanoverian Guelphic Medal for Bravery

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Date added: 31 Mar 2017

Hanoverian Guelphic Medal for Bravery

In 1815, to commemorate the victory of Waterloo, the Prince Regent, later King George IV, founded the Royal Guelphic Order. This carried three classes;
Knight Grand Cross (G.C.H.),
Knight Commander (K.C.H.)
and Knight (K.H.).
These were usually awarded to officers for distinguished service.

In addition, the Guelphic Medal for bravery in battle was instituted and as such it is one of the first officially named gallantry medals. Although there were some blanket citations, most of the awards were for specific acts of gallantry, very similar to the DCM introduced for the British army nearly 40 years later.

The obverse design of the medal is the same as the Hanoverian Waterloo Medal. The ribbon was pale blue, as for the Guelphic Order.

The Guelphic Medal was highly prized and carried with it an annual pension of 10 dollars to each recipient. Some 585 Guelphic Medals were awarded :
503 going to the KGL for both the Peninsular War and the Waterloo Campaign
82 to the Hanoverian Army at Waterloo

Fewer than 50 have been recorded as still surviving today.

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