This is a detailed account of a medal and its clasps awarded mainly to Egyptian and Sudanese soldiers but also to many British soldiers, airmen and civilians. Descriptions of the actions that lead to the award of the clasps are included together with lists of the recipients. Comprehensive biographies of the British officer recipients are also included. The design and naming of the medal is fully covered and illustrated. This book is an important reference for a previously neglected medal and provides a fascinating insight of the Sudan during that time. Published September 2019, 155x234mm, case bound with colour jacket, 464 pages, numerous black and white illustrations, ISBN 978-1-9161191- 0-9.
This limited edition is priced at £15.00 to members (restricted to one copy each) and £20.00 to non-members, plus post and packing
The book will be launched at the OMRS Convention in Nottingham on 14th September
The Society is delighted to announce the publication of Paul Brewster's new book 'For Faithful Service' - A History of the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal.
Paul's new book describes in detail the origins of the medal including the struggle to get official recognition for the service given by the Special Constabulary. The unofficial medals and certificates issued by local and county authorities during and after the First World War are also listed. The history leading to the various issues of the long service medal awarded to the Ulster Special Constabulary is comprehensively covered as is the unique case for the award of this medal to the Rhodesian Special Constabulary. Other chapters deal with the history of the Specials, the numbers of medals issued and associated ephemera.
Published March 2019, 155x234mm, case bound with colour jacket, 208 pages, numerous colour and black and white illustrations, ISBN 978-0-9957505-8-6. This limited edition is priced at £17.00 to members (restricted to one copy each) and £22.00 to non-members, plus post and packing.
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The March Britannia Medal Fair saw a busy Society table with the launch of 'For Faithful Service', Paul Brewster's new book on the Special Constabulary Long Service medal.
'For Faithful Service' was officially launched at Britannia and sold well, so well that a re-print has already been ordered.
As well as the book launch, the Membership Secretary was busy recruiting and in his haul for the day was someone who had never heard of the Society!
A huge amount of knowledge is held by members as a result of their research into their medals and collections. The aim of the Convention Exhibition is to encourage as many members as possible to exhibit in order to present their knowledge and share the results of their research with other members. We hope that as many members as possible will take part and hope they find the exhibition to be an enjoyable, but challenging, experience.
To enable members to present their exhibits in the way most appropriate to the subject there are four exhibition classes available:
- Open Class
- Single Subject Class
- Research Class
- Non-Competitive Class
Exhibitor Guidelines give clear guidance on exhibiting in each class.
Exhibitors should register to exhibit using the online booking system as all details of their exhibit will form part of their booking confirmation.
In addition to the formal exhibition classes, there is the coveted Members’ Choice award where members vote for the best exhibit.
The Honours and Awards Sub-Committee is accepting proposals from members to honour members who have made a significant contribution to the Society and to realising its aims.
Following a major review in 2016 of the Society's honours system, the Society now has three honours: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Commendation Medal. Nominations for all the awards may be made by any member in good standing. Such nominations must be seconded by two other members and accompanied by a statement of the nominee’s service. All nominations are considered by the Honours sub-committee, which meets annually in July.
The Distinguished Service Medal shall be awarded only to those who have been in membership for a period of not normally less than 15 years, and who have a record of distinguished and voluntary service to the Society.
The Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to members and non-members for highly meritorious service to the Objects of the Society.
The Commendation Medal may be awarded to members and non-members for meritorious service to the Objects of the Society.
The Honours sub-committee:
The Honours sub-committee may recommend up to three Gold Medals and six Awards of Merit in anyone year. Award nominations may be submitted at any time, but the cut-off date for awards to be made at Convention is 31st May. Nominations should be sent direct to the President, who chairs the Honours sub-committee. For further information see By-Law No. 2.
Wellington Branch of the Society is now known as the New Zealand Branch.
Following the AGM of our Society and at the request of the New Zealand members the Wellington Branch has been re-named.
This is a change in name only and the Branch will function as normal.
The Branch Secretary (Todd Skilton) should still be contacted for all New Zealand matters.
The Britannia Medal Fair organized by DNW and Mark Carter will again be held on Sunday 17th March at the Victory Services Club.
Full details can be found at https://www.dnw.co.uk/news-and-events/britannia/
The Society will be taking a table as usual and we look forward to seeing Members throughout the day. Doors open at 09:30. Whether you are buying or selling, we hope you have productive day.
The Society's new publication 'For Faithful Service’ - A History of the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal by T.P. Brewster will be available.