A new roll is available of the Mauritius Long and Meritorious Service Awards made between 1968 and 1992. Mauritius became a self-governing dominion following independence on 12 March 1968 and a fresh set of medals were needed to replace the colonial issues. The roll can be found in the Research Library for those who are interested.
For those interested the XV European Conference of Phaleristic Societies will be taking place in Madrid from 16 to 18 September 2022. Contact details for the even can be found on the International Convention Page.
The Thames Valley Branch has updated its 2022 programme for events which can be viewed in the Branches section.
The London Branch programme has been updated with the 2022 schedule for events planned for next year and can be viewed in the Branches section.
A new roll is available in the Research Library of 337 personnel involved in the initial stages of the relief/liberation of Belsen. It lists 96 medical students, 52 members of the RAMC or other medical units, nine nurses, four members of the SAS, 52 other servicemen from approximately 20 units including the Royal Artillery and the RAF, 28 from the Red Cross and 11 involved with photography and filming. Also, there were five padres, eight Jewish chaplains/rabbis and resettlement personnel, 26 with no designation (likely to be civilian helpers), six foreign doctors, seven former prisoners who helped (one of whom was a doctor), five Quakers, one member of the Order of St John and one librarian
This roll has been updated with new information and is now available in the Research Library. The Imperial Service Medal (ISM) was introduced in 1903 and during King Edward VII’s reign a total of 4,820 ISMs were awarded. Out of these only 166 ISMs were awarded to women and of these 164 were to nationals of the home nations; Great Britain and Ireland with two dominion/colonial awards. The roll lists all these women who were awarded the Imperial Service Medal during the reign of King Edward VII.
The 2021 Virtual Convention ended on Saturday 25th September with the announcement of the winners of the Members' Choice Awards for the exhibition: In a very tight competition where the lead changed hands several times the eventual, and well-deserved, winners were:
Members' Choice Award - Best Exhibit - Anthony Martin - Following in the Footsteps of Lions: The Battle of Alma 20th September 1854;
Members' Choice Award - Best Use of Technology - James Kemp - Researching Metropolitan Police Jubilee & Coronation Medals.
All the exhibits and the presentations will remain online at the Convention webpage so Members can see them.
The Trans-Jordan Frontier Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal roll by Owain Raw-Rees has now been uploaded to the research library and is available to view and download.
The 2021 OMRS Virtual Convention is now live. Members must be logged in to view the exhibition and register for the presentations: https://www.omrs.org/members/omrs-virtual-convention-2021
Go there now and see whats new for this year.
The next Ribbons Branch meeting is to take place at the Royal British Legion Club (Paddington Branch) at St, Stephens Gardens, London W2 5QX. It will be taking place between 1pm and 5pm on 17th October 2021