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  • #36706

    megan
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    Today I wandered off to Antigua & Barbuda, for the simple reason that Dixon Noonan Webb (DNW) have some beautiful orders from there in an auction at the end of the month… and they are amongst that kind group of auction houses that allow us to use their images in our Database!

    #36778

    megan
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    Today I received by e-mail some splendid images of the Antigua and Barbuda Order of Merit from Cleave & Co.Ltd., the company which designed and made it for the Antiguan government! I’d spotted some pictures in a brochure on their website and wrote to ask… and boy, did they come through! Thank you very much, and they are now in the Antigua & Barbuda section for you all to enjoy.

    #36806

    megan
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    I have been neglecting UK medals of late, so today went and added the Indian Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

    #36992

    megan
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    More India – the Indian Volunteer Forces Officers’ Decoration today – and its equivalent for all other colonies, the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers’ Decoration.

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    #37076

    megan
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    Today the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal, which between 1899 and 1930 was awarded for part-time service in the ranks throughout the British Empire.

    #37222

    megan
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    Not much time today as I spent yesterday teaching distance learners – who come in for ‘on-campus days’ occasionally, so am now cramming a weekend into one afternoon (seeing as I attended church as normal this morning)!

    However, I have added a new(ish) British Campaign Medal, the Operational Service Medal (Iraq and Syria), known as the Operation Shader Medal. It was authorised in 2017 but eligibility criteria are still being thrashed out. You see it ha been decided that it can be awarded (without the IRAQ-SYRIA clasp) to individuals who have made significant contributions to the operation without actually setting foot in area! Notable amongst those are drone operators, a sign of the changing face of warfare. (It’s on page 20 of the Campaign Medals section under United Kingdom in the Images Database if you want to take a look.)

    #37233

    megan
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    Back to the vast array of long service medals, and the Colonial Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, which had a range of different ones depending on which Colony’s forces the recipient served in. They are quite hard to find – if anyone has images to fill the gaps in our collection, I’d be very grateful.

    Off now, it’s my 35th wedding anniversary today. Must find my husband and celebrate!

    #37439

    megan
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    Apologies for the hiatus – I’ve not been very well. I am now recovered, and have added the Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal – a short-lived attempt to consolidate the plethora of Colonial Long Service and Good Conduct Medals, which was in turn replaced by the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Military) with common design and ribbon, and the name of the colony in which service was undertaken on the suspension (#0229A in the Long Service section of the database).

    #37529

    megan
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    Today a couple more obscure ‘single unit’ long service and good conduct medals – for the Royal West African Frontier Force and the King’s African Rifles. There’s one for the Trans-Jordan Frontier Force as well, but I have yet to find a picture of it – only 112 were awarded during the 10 years the unit existed (1938-1948) so I may be looking for quite some time 🙂

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