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Original Portuguese WWI Medals of Colonel Manuel Madruga MC

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Original Item: One of a Kind. Colonel Manuel J A Madruga of Portugal served during the Great War and was decorated with numerous awards. He was also the recipient of the British Military Cross and officially welcomed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Lisbon Portugal during their visit in 1957. Included in this set of hi personal medals and awards are the following decorations:

 -  British Military Cross. The Military Cross (MC) is the third-level military decoration awarded to officers and (since 1993) other ranks of the British Armed Forces, and formerly awarded to officers of other Commonwealth countries. The MC is granted in recognition of "an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land" to all members of the British Armed Forces of any rank.

- Portuguese Military Order of Aviz; Grand Officer (GOA), which wears the badge of the Order on a necklet, and the star of the Order in gold on the left chest. The Military Order of Aviz, previously to 1910 Royal Military Order of Aviz (Portuguese: Ordem Real Militar de Avis), previously to 1789 Knights (of the Order) of Saint Benedict of Aviz (Portuguese: Ordem de São Bento de Aviz) or Friars of Santa Maria of Évora, is a Portuguese order of chivalry, founded in Portugal in 1146. It gave its name and coat of arms to the Aviz Dynasty that ruled Portugal between 1385 and 1580. In 1910, when the Portuguese monarchy ended, the Republic of Portugal abolished all the orders except the Order of the Tower and Sword. However, in 1917, at the end of the Great War, some of these orders were re-established as mere orders of merit to reward outstanding services to the state, the office of grand master belonging to the head of state, the President of the Republic. The Military Order of Aviz, together with the other Portuguese Orders of Merit, had its statutes revised on several occasions, during the First Republic (1910–1926), then in 1962, and again in 1986.

- Portuguese Order of Military Merit; Grand Officer (GOA). The medal was issued in four classes to be awarded to military who display exceptional military qualities and virtues that merit public respect and acknowledgement.

- Portuguese Commemorative Silver Medal for the Campaigns of the Portuguese Armed Forces 1916. Issued to members of the Portuguese Expeditionary Forces fighting in France during WWI. Silver medals are scarcer, all three WWI campaign bars are original.

- Portuguese Military Distinguished Service Medal
- Portuguese 1917 War Cross
- Portuguese WWI Medal Exemplary Conduct Silver Class

- Portuguese WWI Victory Medal

Also included are the medal ribbon bars he worse on his dress uniform and his Portuguese Military Fourragère. Al of this is framed on a blue velvet backing with glass front and an engraved silver plaque naming Colonel Manuel J A Madruga. Also included is an original photo of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Lisbon Portugal meeting the Colonel in Lisbon in 1957.
This is an exceptionally rare and wonderful collection of Great War awards from Portugal's most decorated WWI veterans. 
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