I've already searched these forums and have found some excellent -- though sometimes contradictory -- advice on cleaning old medals, but I'm looking for some more specific advice in this case. It looks like what I have is a British War Medal, but as you can see from the picture the condition is quite tragic, so much so that I can't make out the inscription around the edge. Obviously it's quite badly damaged and I don't expect to be performing any miracles, but I'm hoping that there's still enough detail hidden underneath all the grime that will allow me to identify the recipient.
Would it be best to have a go with an old toothbrush and some soapy water and see what that does for it, or am I likely to be needing something a bit stronger? Hopefully this isn't a lost cause!