Medals and Badges
There are over 250 war and service medals. These include the collection of Major-General Robert Ross (of Rostrevor, County Down) for his part in the Anglo-American war 1812-14 during which he commanded the British force that burned down the White House.
He himself was killed on the retreat but the family was not only awarded the medals in the collection but were given the right to add 'of Bladensburg' to the family names, it being one of the battles in which he acquitted himself most notably.
This is an example of a collection of medals associated with overseas service in a number of campaigns in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the two world wars.
For the 20th century there are also a number of medals and badges awarded to support services, the most recent is the service medal awarded to prison officers in N. Ireland post-1969.
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