There were many medals awarded during the First World War. Nearly everybody who served received at least one, though campaign medals were usually limited to a maximum of three per person. In addition to campaign medals there were awards for gallantry, which were much harder to come by. Many families have campaign medals which have been passed down as heirlooms, but those with gallantry medals are very rare indeed. If you have one, you can be sure that your ancestor was brave and quite possibly saved the lives of many others.