OMRS News

26, January, 2023

Over a Third of UK Members Polled Respond to the recent OMRS Convention Survey
In December the OMRS Committee sent out a survey to all UK based members with an email address to ask what exactly members wanted in a future convention.

This survey has received an overwhelmingly positive and useful response and the Committee are extremely grateful to all who took the time to respond.

Additionally, efforts have been made to reach out to the medal trade, both retail and auctioneers, who are a key stakeholder in any event, in order to get their input.

The survey allowed participants to highlight the activities and features that they want to see at convention. In a huge show of support for the convention, the members' exhibits are the most favoured aspect of the convention, closely followed by the talks and the medal fair.

When asked about location outside of London, members said their preferred location would be Central England.
Members have given us a clear steer as to the future of convention and we will be factoring all these into our planning for the next convention.
To identify a venue, create a programme for the convention and do the detailed work will take some time, but our hope is to have more information available as soon as possible, and we plan to give regular updates on progress.    

It is perhaps worth mentioning, at this point, that the convention will be open to non-OMRS members and we hope that anyone who has a passion for medals, medal collecting, and, of course, research, will come along and enjoy the experience. 

Apologies to those Overseas stalwarts who take part in the convention – please feel free to pass any comments to the general secretary.  

 

25, January, 2023

The OMRS has formed a Convention sub-committee to enable it to plan for this years Convention so members, please watch this space for updates which will be posted as soon as they become available....

25, January, 2023

The Naval Historical Collectors & Research Association (NHC&RA) quarterly journal 'The Review' has been scanned by The Military Historical Society and is now word searchable. It is available from 1 February 2023 on www.militaryhistoricalsociety.co.uk for MHS members. Coverage includes medals (including rolls), badges, photographs and all aspects of naval history. It will be useful for researching naval personnel, ships, battles and maritime social history. 

7, January, 2023

EUROPE CONVENTION - AMSTERDAM 2023

The President and Board of the Dutch Research Society of Orders and Decorations (SRO) invite you to the  XVI European Conference of Phaleristic Societies. The theme of the conference is "Maritime”.
Participants will be staying in the Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam, Paul van Vlissingenstraat 24, 1096 BK,  Amsterdam.

Please click the following link for more information and the program of events International Conventions | OMRS 

If you wish to be sent the official invitation and registration forms then please email webabmin@omrs.org and I will forward the required forms to you or you can use the email address at the foot of the conventions webpage

19, December, 2022

A new addition has been made to the Research Library which holds the Tamplin Archive, where you can now view and search the Cadet Forces Medal rolls from the 1980's, 1990's and 2000's as well as the Long Service Medals to the Territorial Army from the 1900's through to the 1990's.

To view these please go to the Research Library, select the Tamplin Archive, scroll down to select the OMRS Digital Archive and select browse from the top menu bar of the page presented.  

30, November, 2022

British Military Chaplaincy and Religion in South Africa 1899-1902 by Dahlia Harrison, paperback, 289 pages, including biographical notes and index 

A great deal has been written about chaplains who served in the First World War but sparse evidence has been found addressing the subject for the Second Boer War of 1899-1902. Using original material, this book adds a new dimension to the history of British military chaplaincy. It explores the role and work of the British military chaplain, highlighting their experiences. It places them in the context of British religious history and the history of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department.

ISBN 978-1-915660-05-3 published by TSL Publications, Rickmansworth, 2022. Available from retail outlets such as www.lulu.com at £24.28 and from https://tslbooks.uk at the sale price of £12.42.

17, November, 2022

British Line Regiments DCM and MM Awards 1914 ‒ 1920 - A statistical break down
A limited edition of 300 copies ‘Otherwise known as how RARE is your DCM or MM’

This is the next instalment in the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal Project by Chris Bate and Howard Williamson. It contains essential information for: collectors, dealers, regimental historians, auctioneers, genealogists and military libraries
The book represents the authors’ combined knowledge, expertise and analysis of all the DCMs and MMs, undertaken over the last 25 years. This has now been distilled down into a definitive reference work that combines the figures for both medals together at a glance.
In order to produce this work, which amounts to over 146,000 awards, the authors have had to analyse, cross index and record in the region of 300,000 entries. The MM alone needed over 260,000 checks as The London Gazettes had to be cross-indexed against the
original MM cards, including all the corrections in the Gazettes. Its aim is to give serious collectors and researchers access to this information at relatively little cost and time.

The book includes the following statistics which are published for the first time:
- The breakdown of DCMs and MMs to each individual regiment within the British Army,
- For each regiment it includes the numbers awarded to each battalion,
- For each regiment and battalion the numbers awarded for each campaign is noted,
- The number of DCM/MM combinations is also included for each unit and battalion,
- There is also other unique statistical information contained within the book, particularly around the MM as follows:
- The number of first bars and second bars awarded by country and by theatre of award,
- The number of medals and first bars awarded under the terms of Army Order 193 to include: brought to notice, for escaping or attempting to escape, and for services whilst a PoW,
- A breakdown of awards of the MM by the year of the Gazette for WW1,
- A breakdown of awards of a first bar to the MM by the year of the Gazette for WW1,
- MM bar combinations for theatres of war outside France and Flanders,
- The ratio of awards between line regiments and corps,
- The proportion of MMs awarded by rank for WW1 to British line regiments.

The book will be circa 230 pages, in hard back, thread-sewn volume of A4 size and matches the authors’ previous publications in the book size, quality of paper and materials used.
Its overall cost is £44 to include £6 post and packaging for the UK only. Orders outside the UK will be priced separately for postage on application.

Order by contacting Chris Bate by email at: Pagetsend@aol.com

Please provide the following details:
- Your name, email address and delivery address including postcode,
- Whether you would like a specifically numbered copy and that number.

Payment:
Please ensure payment via Paypal is done using the ‘Friends and Family’ option to the
following Paypal account: hilsinfrance@gmail.com
Or
By cheque payable to C K Bate at 14 Leader Close, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9FQ
Or
BACS transfer on request

17, November, 2022

THE UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA COMMEMORATION MEDAL
Orders & Medals Research Society - 150 pages 14 colour illustrations 29 b/w and several tables

This is a book for anyone with an interest in medals related to South Africa and/or the Anglo Boer War which ended on the 31 May 1902 with the Treaty of Vereeniging. Within that treaty was a commitment to self-rule for the former Boer republics. Those who had just recently been on opposite sides of a
long and bitter conflict met and hammered out a constitution that resulted in the Union of South Africa – the borders of the present Republic of South Africa.

A medal was given to 580 of those who had rendered services in achieving this and this book is the record of who they were, the challenges they faced and the compromises made.

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Please note that all OMRS published books are now available direct via publisher who can be found at: https://www.helion.co.uk/series/orders-and-medals-research-society.php
Remember if you wish to claim your 20% discount (not just for OMRS authored books but any book published by Helion) you need to log into the members area of our website and make a note of the discount code (found in the Shop/Books area).
More information can be found at: https://www.omrs.org/news/omrs/omrs-book-shop. In collaboration with the publisher the OMRS has started to re-publish some of its back catalogue, so many out of print books are now available again. 

28, September, 2022

THE JUBILEE AND CORONATION MEDALS TO THE CITY OF LONDON POLICE 1887-1911
Orders & Medals Research Society 194 pages 46 colour and 12 b/w

The book provides a comprehensive reference to the Jubilee and Coronation medals issued to the City of London Police Force between 1887 and 1911.
It starts with a fully illustrated description of the four different types of medal that were issued in relation to the Jubilee and Coronation celebrations, together with details of the various numbering and naming styles to be found on the different medals.
One of the main aims of the book is to provide a detailed and accurate medal roll for the medals and the Warrant Books for the period provide the basis for this and the warrant book entries are covered next in some detail.
The structure and development of the Force during the period of the Jubilees and Coronations is then described. Details of the Police stations and the numbers of the various ranks of Officer are given together with information regarding all the senior Police Officers in post at the time of the medal issues.

An analysis of the various awards is provided next including the numbers of the various medals issued and combinations in which the medals can be found. Also, some surviving details regarding some of the Officers on duty are given together with information relating to the Police Officers recalled from retirement to serve at the 1911 Coronation celebrations. Much of this information is published for the first time.
The details of other medal awards to the Force’s Officers of the period are given including issues of the Kings Police Medal. It is also not widely appreciated that a number of Police Officers competed in the Olympic Games between 1908 and 1920 and all those who competed are listed with the events in which they competed and the medals won by them. Finally, brief details of the City of London Police Officers involved in the infamous 1919 Police strike are provided.

A number of City of London Police medal groups are illustrated in the first appendix with details of the men’s service with the Force and colour illustrations of the groups. However, it is the complete medal roll in Appendix II which, in a listing of over 100 pages, gives the full details of the awards to all the Police Officers issued with Jubilee and Coronation during the period. The book provides for the very first time a definitive reference work regarding the medals issued to members of the City of London Police Force between 1887 and 1911 and while this will be invaluable to collectors of police medals, it will also be of great value to other medal collectors while providing as well a very informative account to anyone with an interest in the history of the City of London Police.

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Please note that all OMRS published books are now available direct via publisher who can be found at: https://www.helion.co.uk/series/orders-and-medals-research-society.php
Remember if you wish to claim your 20% discount (not just for OMRS authored books but any book published by Helion) you need to log into the members area of our website and make a note of the discount code (found in the Shop/Books area).
More information can be found at: https://www.omrs.org/news/omrs/omrs-book-shop. In collaboration with the publisher the OMRS has started to re-publish some of its back catalogue, so many out of print books are now available again. 

 

14, September, 2022

New rolls are available of the officers and men who were serving in the Regiment of Dragoons of the French Imperial Guard during the year 1815.  The rolls can be found in the Research Library for those who are interested.

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