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  • #29719

    megan
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    Several members have commented that they miss the New Uploads notifications we used to have, so I shall use this thread to announce new additions to the database.

    Today I have been looking at the medals associated with the Order of the British Empire. There’s a fair bit more to do (but I was busy this weekend, Aston University – where I work – was celebrating 50 years since it became a university and I was involved in the celebration weekend!), but it’s setting the framework for the original Medal of the Order of the British Empire (1917-1922) and its successors, the Empire Gallantry Medal (1922-1940) and the British Empire Medal (1922-date). I’ve got more pictures to add, but if you want to see what’s been done so far, look in Europe – West/United Kingdom/British Orders.

    Here’s a civil BEM on a lady’s ribbon to keep you going! (Image courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb).

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    #29796

    megan
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    Today I received some beautiful images from Greg Harris.

    There’s a Commander’s Cross with Crown of the Order of Albert of the Kingdom of Saxony and a Commander’s Star of the Order of Henry the Lion of Brunswick to feast your eyes upon! Thank you, Greg.

    #29805

    megan
    Moderator

    More goodies from Greg Harris:-

    Kingdom of Bavaria – the 3rd and 4th Classes of the Order of St. Michael

    Kingdom of Italy – Military Order of Savoy, Commander.

    Thanks, Greg!

    #29812

    megan
    Moderator

    My regular Sunday afternoon session has seen a selection of British Empire Medals added, also a Companion of Honour (it took ages to find even one… if anyone has any pictures of that award it would be really helpful!).

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    #29817

    megan
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    Now added a Kremsier Cross to the Austrian Empire section, courtesy of Greg Harris – many thanks!

    #29986

    megan
    Moderator

    Added a Knight of the Tuscany Order of Civil Merit, contributed by Greg Harris – you’ll find it in the Tuscany Sub-Section of Italy in the West Europe area… thanks, Greg, it’s lovely!

    #30105

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I have spent a pleasant afternoon adding a whole bunch of American National Guard awards (various states) as well as a Coast Guard Commendation Medal and a Civil Air Patrol Bronze Medal of Valor – all contributed by member el_jefe52 – thank you so much for these splendid images (and the notes to go with them!).

    #30321

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I have added the Baronet’s Badge (not really an award, it is a ‘title badge’ worn by holders of the hereditary title of Baronet) and the Knight Batchelor’s Badge – a fairly recent innovation for what is actually an ancient award!

    That’s almost all the British Orders done, just the Order of St. John to go. There are gaps, so if you collect British Orders, please cast your eye over this section and if you have any images you’d be willing to share I would love to add them.

    #30581

    megan
    Moderator

    Yesterday I started work on the Order of St.John – the British version of which is quite unusual, being established by a Royal Charter rather than as a regular order within the honours system.

    Today, seeing as I had a day off, I added the Moldavian Order of the Republic, their highest honour – mostly because I added it to my website, so decided to share it here as well!

    #30628

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I have added awards made by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, a philanthropic organisation based in Kentucky and drawing its membership from those holding Colonel’s Commissions from the Governor of Kentucky. These were kindly provided by Colonel Khriss Urban, to whom they were awarded.

    #30664

    megan
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    Today I’ve sort-of finished off the Order of St John, and with that the British Orders section.

    Why ‘sort-of’? The badge of grade of Serving Brother or Sister in the Order of St John has gone through several changes of design, and I’m still trying to sort them out… so there will be some more to add in due course.

    There are still gaps in the British Orders section – I shall be keeping my eye out for images to fill them, but if your collection includes things for which I’m missing pictures and you are happy to share, I shall be delighted to add them.

    Now on to British Decorations…

    #30688

    megan
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    Today I have made a start on UK Decorations, beginning with the Victoria Cross, New Zealand Cross, George Cross and the Distinguished Service Order.

    #30737

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I added the Medal “For the Demining of Palmyra” to the Russian Federation Ministry of Defence section, courtesy of Frank Dutil.

    Back to UK decorations, I then added the Imperial Service Order and the Imperial Service Medal.

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    #30844

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I have been adding the Indian Order of Merit, which is the first British gallantry award being established by the Honourable East India Company in 1837. Originally a military award for bravery on the battlefield, a civil division was added in 1902 for civilian acts of courage… unfortunately I haven’t found any images of the civilian awards, only military ones – can anyone help?

    I also added the Badge of a Baronet of Ireland, seeing as Spinks have one in their upcoming auction! Thanks to them for allowing us to use their pictures.

    #31051

    megan
    Moderator

    This afternoon I have added the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, which ranks second to only the Victoria Cross for acts of courage in the face of the enemy despire only having been instituted in 1993, and the much older Royal Red Cross, a decoration for military nurses instituted in 1883 and only awarded to female nurses until 1976, when the first award to a male nurse was made.

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