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Ministry of the Interior: Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, silver, attributed in1869 to Emile Drecq (Ministère de l'Intérieur: Médaille d’Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement en argent, attribuée en 1869 à DRECQ Emile)
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Ministry of the Interior: Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, silver, attributed in1869 to Emile Drecq (Ministère de l'Intérieur: Médaille d’Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement en argent, attribuée en 1869 à DRECQ Emile)
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Circular silver medal with oak wreath suspension; the face with the head of Ceres facing left representative of the French Republic and circumscribed ‘REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE’, signed ‘BARRE’ (for the great French medallist Albert Désiré Barre, 1818-1878); the reverse with an oval upright plaque inscribed ‘MINISTERE DE L’INTERIEUR ACTES DE DÉVOUEMENT’ (Ministry of the Interior, Acts of Devotion) and with the attribution ‘DRECQ EMILE 1869’, imposed on a cartouche, a male figure with a lion to the left, a female figure with a child to the right, all in classical dress, inscribed ‘RECOMPENSE NATIONAL’ above and ‘COURAGE HUMANITE’ below; ‘ARGENT’ silver assay mark on the lower edge; on replaced ribbon.

The Medal for Acts of Courage and Devotion was created on 2 March 1820 and became wearable on the tricolour ribbon in 1831.  It is awarded to recognise feats of courage and devotion, normally in life-saving at the risk of the recipient’s own life.

Emile Drecq lived at Saint-Hilaire-lez-Cambrai in the Nord Departement.

 
Ministry of the Interior: Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, silver, attributed in1869 to Emile Drecq (Ministère de l'Intérieur: Médaille d’Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement en argent, attribuée en 1869 à DRECQ Emile)
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Ministry of the Interior: Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, silver, attributed in1869 to Emile Drecq (Ministère de l'Intérieur: Médaille d’Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement en argent, attribuée en 1869 à DRECQ Emile)
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Ministry of the Interior: Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, silver, attributed in1869 to Emile Drecq (Ministère de l'Intérieur: Médaille d’Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement en argent, attribuée en 1869 à DRECQ Emile)
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