Forum Replies Created

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 451 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35672

    megan
    Moderator

    Today saw the addition of the Royal Naval Voluntary (Wireless) Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. These were short-lived specialist units drawing on expertise in civilian life and a willingness to serve at need.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35652

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I have added the Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Like all the other Royal Navy reservist medals, the design is identical: sovereign on the obverse and a battleship (HMS Dreadnaught) at sea with the inscription DIUTURNE FIDELIS below on the reverse. Apart from the ribbons (and the Royal Fleet Reserve one having a ring suspension instead of a bar suspender) the only way you can distinguish between them is by looking at the naming on the edge to see precisely which bit of the reserves the recipient was in!

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35637

    megan
    Moderator

    It’s gloriously sunny today (and tomorrow is a public holiday!), and I have added the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration and Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

    In case you are wondering, the Royal Naval Reserve consisted of Merchant Navy personnel who wished to do reserve service while the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was formed of people from all walks of life who wanted to serve in the Navy part-time. In 1966 the two were amalgamated, taking the title Royal Naval Reserve, and henceforth issuing the RNR awards to all personnel (at least until the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal was instituted in 1999 for all ranks in all three services of the part-time military.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35597

    megan
    Moderator

    The weather’s gone back to grey and chilly again, but today I have added the Royal Naval Reserve Decoration and the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal – both rewarding long and faithful service in the Royal Naval Reserve, one for officers and one for everyone else. Oddly, reservist officers (of all branches of service) get long service awards whilst their full-time colleagues do not!

    Maybe next time I’ll continue with an array of lesser-known bits of the Royal Navy reserves, who all had their own variations on these two medals. Or I may be distracted by some American medals from our friend el_jefe, or a dizzying array of South African medals from a contributor to my website (but why shouldn’t you lot get to enjoy them here too?) – once I’ve sorted out these goodies.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35564

    megan
    Moderator

    The weather has suddenly turned glorious in the UK (think it forgot spring and went straight to summer!) but I’ve slunk indoors to add the Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in (almost) all of its variations. Naval Reservists next!

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35545

    megan
    Moderator

    As promised, today I added the Union of South Africa Meritorious Service Medal – with only 46 awarded it’s no surprise I had difficulty finding images – and the Royal Household Faithful Service Medals. These have been awarded by sovereigns since Queen Victoria (apart from Edward VII who didn’t hand any out) to their own personal household servants – cooks and chambermaids and the like.

    Next time, on to military long service medals beginning with those of the Royal Navy.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35522

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I added 2 different Indian Meritorious Service Medals – the first dating from 1848 and awarded by the Honourable East India Company to British NCOs serving in their army and, post 1857, the British Army of India until 1873 when they got the standard Army medal instead; and the second dating from 1888 and awarded to Indian NCOs. I also added the African Police Medal for Meritorious Service, a rare beast and I could only find one of the 3 versions.

    Next time the Union of South Africa Meritorious Service Medal then on to the delights of the long service medals awarded to servants in the Royal Household!

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35511

    megan
    Moderator

    Happy Easter!

    So much for quick, adding 24 different variations of the Colonial Meritorious Service Medal took all afternoon. It being a fairly rare beast, I couldn’t find all 24 variations so if anyone can help out with an image they’d like to share I’d be delighted.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35432

    megan
    Moderator

    OK, added the Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, and had just about finished sorting out images for the Colonial Meritorious Service Medals when dearly beloved came down muttering about food… so hopefully they’ll go up quite quickly next time 🙂

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35355

    megan
    Moderator

    Today it is freezing cold in Cheshire, but after digging my car out of the snow to go to church I came home to the delights of the Army Meritorious Service Medal… a specimen of which rests in a box beside me having been awarded to my maternal grandfather at the end of World War 1. It’s quite complex with every monarch since its establishment having more than one obverse (apart from Edward VII), and having 3 different ribbons. It began with a plain crimson one. White edges were added in 1916 and a white central stripe in August 1917.

    Next time we’ll begin with the Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, which started off with a distinctive ribbon of its own but has ended up with the standard MSM ribbon. You’ll see what I mean when I post some images. Then it’s the fun, if messy, array of Colonial MSMs.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35289

    megan
    Moderator

    OK, so I resisted temptation and started in on the British medals for long and meritorious service. First up are Meritorious Service Medals for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The Royal Navy did not get a MSM until 1919 unlike all other branches of service – this was a hang-over from early British seamen generally being ‘press-ganged’ into service (basically, they got kidnapped off the street or out of bars in port towns!) and for some reason it was considered impossible for their service to be ‘meritorious’…

    After some early variations, current MSMs for all services are actually identical, it is only by looking at the recipient details engraved on the edge that you can tell which branch of service a given medal has been awarded to.

    I have now instituted a ‘Seeking Image’ image, to use as a placeholder when I don’t have a picture of a particular variant. Help me fill the gaps!

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  megan.
    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35209

    megan
    Moderator

    I’VE DONE IT!
    The British Campaign Medals section of the database is now complete!

    Calm down, Megan. Today I added the Western European Union Mission Service Medal, the European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal, a brief note on UN Medals, the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia Medal, the International Force East Timor (INTERFET) Medal – delightfully, an Australian medal awarded to British personnel involved, a nice reversal of the many British medals awarded to Australians – and finally the South African UNITAS Medal that marked the end of apartheid and the first non-racist elections, and was awarded to members of a British Military Advisory Team who were in South Africa at the time.

    Next I suppose it’s on to British meritorious and long service medals (unless I go rogue and stick up some Kingdom of Romania medals, seeing as that’s what I’m doing on my own website at the moment!).

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35138

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I have added the European Community Monitor Mission Medal, yet another award for those trying to keep the peace in the Balkans. The European folks were noted for wearing all-white outfits – how they kept clean in a war-torn country nobody knows! I also added the Ebola Medal – the first time the UK Government has issued a medal for humanitarian work, this was for those brave souls who went to Africa to help save lives during a virulent outbreak of Ebola 2014-2016.

    Next time a couple more EU medals, then just about all that is left are the UN medals UK troops have been awarded. These are worn intermixed with UK medals in the order in which they have been awarded to the individual wearing them.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35058

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I have sorted out the vast array of NATO service medals, and posted all 14 that I can find… I don’t think I’ve left anything out. Still might write a JOMSA article, given how little information is available about them. Maybe over the Easter break…

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35029

    megan
    Moderator

    After spending the whole afternoon unravelling the mysteries of the Kuwait Liberation Medal – which UK personnel are not allowed to wear in uniform anyway – I then started looking at NATO service medals. Now that’s a real tangled mess… and probably worthy of a JOMSA article! – and will come next week!

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 451 total)

Join OMSA

Join now to start taking advantage of the member benefits including the Journal of the Orders and Medals Society, Ribbon Bank, Library, Annual Conventions, Publication Program and much more!
Join Now!

Site Login