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Dulce et Decorum est …

The West Highland Museum has an extensive collection of military medals relating to the Highland Regiments and others, dating from the Waterloo Medal of 1815 to the Crimean and right through to the Second World War.

The medal pictured was one of three presented with a large bronze plaque in 1914-1915. These bronze plaques were issued to the families of all dead soldiers from the beginning of  ‘the Great War’, World War One.

As time passed and the numbers of the slaughtered rose exponentially, the Government could not afford to meet this self-imposed obligation.  These medal sets serve as a poignant reminder of the initial optimism and ultimate tragedy that accompanies armed conflict.