An interesting book which sets out to answer the question ‘what is gallantry?’ as recognised by the state in awarding medals for courage : boith civil and military. After discussing the various military and civil gallantry awards the rest of the book, some 300 pages, is taken up, with lists of recipients – with full citations – of the Albert Medal; the Edward Medal; Empire Gallantry, Medal Military and Civil Divisions; Albert Medal for Sea Service (Admiralty awards) and Civilian Sea Service (Board of Trade awards); and Life Saving gallantry awards – all these from the first awards to the end of 1938.