Medals are a token of recognition awarded to soldiers for different kind of service. In various forms, they have been given for hundreds of years.
There is a great Wikipedia reference page which organises the various British campaign medals chronologically by ribbon – the latter being a good visual reference to assist in identifying medals.
First World War
The three standard medals issued to most FWW soldiers are:
Second World War
The standard issue SWW medals are:
In additional, soldiers were issued with medals relating to specific theatres of War. In the Second World War, the Regiment served in nearly every major theatre of War, and as a result, soldiers may have been issued with the following medals:
In addition, the 2nd Battalion The Black Watch served with the Chindits in Burma and were awarded the Burma Star.
The General Service medal was issued with a Bar for the individual campaigns in which the Regiment served following the Second World War.