to Military Temperance Medals
of the British Army and Royal Navy;
2nd Edition, many additions, 8 x 10", 128 Pages. Excellent reference
book for the medal collector. Ribbons in colour centrepages.
An indispensable Reference Guide for collectors & dealers.
$25 US / $25 Canadian / £12.50 British.
here for the Contents and Foreword
In the British Army in the 1800s drunkenness among the soldiers
was a constant problem, particularly in India where there was little
attempt to provide alternate amusements and recreation for the troops.
Several of the more enlightened officers established Temperance Societies in
their Regiments to encourage sober habits, but it was not until 1862 that the
Army in India
organised the “Soldiers’ Total Abstinence Association”. The men were
encouraged to sign a pledge to abstain entirely from alcohol. Similar
organisations were formed for the Royal Navy in 1868, and for soldiers in Britain and Colonies outside of India in
1893. All of these organisations issued medals for varying lengths of time
that a man had retained the pledge, from 6 months to 20 years, as well as
additional medals for anyone who had rendered a special service in the cause
A total of over 100 different types of medals were produced, and these are
sometimes found today among possessions handed down from ancestors, as well
as in antique shops and dealers’ catalogues at modest prices. They are even
advertised for sale on eBay.
These have now been brought together in a single book. This 84 page reference
and identification guide catalogues all the temperance medals that were
issued by the various different Church, Army and Naval Temperance
Associations to the British Army and Royal Navy from 1860 to 1939. There are
121 medals and medal variations included, each with a complete description
and reason for the award, 103 photos of the medals and a two page ribbon
chart in full colour. The 9 page introduction gives information on the
history of the temperance movement in the Armed Forces as well as about the
Associations which issued the medals, including details of the many bars and
attachments associated with these medals, 37 of which are illustrated.
The Guide includes information and photos never published before, and is an
indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in the temperance
movement or in medal collecting. It also provides an intriguing insight into
the rewards available to soldiers and sailors who resisted the lure of
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