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Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, bronze (Médaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement, en bronze)
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Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, bronze (Médaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement, en bronze)
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Circular bronze medal with elaborate oak and laurel leaf suspension; the face with a full-length female figure, her right arm outstretched offering a laurel branch, a man stopping a runaway horse and carriage to the left, another rescuing a female figure from a burning building to the right, a third saving a figure from drowning below, inscribed ‘DEVOUEMENT’ (Devotion) and signed ‘L.COUDRAY’; the reverse inscribed ‘MINISTÈRE DE L’INTERIEUR’ (Ministry of the Interior) above a rectangular plaque, circumscribed ‘REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE’; with bronze assay marks on the lower edge; on original ribbon with a small black ink mark.

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.

This example by Coudray is a fascinating piece of design, illustrating graphically the types of act for which the medal was awarded.

 
Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, bronze (Médaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement, en bronze)
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Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, bronze (Médaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement, en bronze)
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Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, bronze (Médaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement, en bronze)
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Medal of Honour for Acts of Courage and Devotion, bronze (Médaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Dévouement, en bronze)
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