Peninsular Medal Roll 1793-1814

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Information about Peninsular Medal Roll 1793-1814

The Peninsular Medal Roll lists 26,608 men honoured in the Peninsular War. Records generally include first name, last name, rank and regiment, number of clasps, particulars of clasps (not in transcription view) and remarks.

The Peninsular War was a conflict between France and the allied powers of Spain, the United Kingdom, and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. It lasted until Napoleon's defeat in 1814.

The Peninsular War saw the first use of medal bars. Also known as "devices", they are clasps affixed to the ribbons from which medals are suspended. The Peninsular Medal known as the Army Gold Medal was issued to field and general officers' successful commands in Wellington's army, with a clasp for each major battle in which the holder participated. When four clasps were issued a Peninsular Cross was awarded with each arm inscribed with a battle's name. Subsequent clasps were then added to the ribbon.