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Some more Macedonian orders for you this week: the Order of 8th September, the Illinden Order and the Order of Merit of the Republic of Macedonia.
Daughter was moving to a new apartment last week, which occupied my time.
Today I have added the Order of the Republic of Macedonia, the highest award of the Republic of North Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia. The nation’s very name is a topic of contention with Greece, as they have a part of the country that’s called Macedonia, so after a while of being called the Republic of Macedonia FRY (Former Republic of Yugoslavia) the compromise name of North Macedonia was agreed with Greece at the beginning of 2019 – not without a fair bit of protest from those who still objected to the use of the name Macedonia at all.
It’s often harder to find modern orders, decorations and medals than it is to find historic ones, so I’m glad to be able to share this with you!
I went astray today and added the Order of the Golden Lion from the pre-1918 German state of Hesse (mostly because I recently added it to my own website!).
Sorry, didn’t get much done today due to a sudden flap over needing to renew my passport. We’re off to Cyprus at Christmas, and IF there’s a no deal Brexit apparently the EU doesn’t understand the words ‘Expiry Date’ and think a passport expires 10 years after it was issued, not on the date it, er, expires!
No matter, on to more interesting things. The Mauritius Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, a beast about which even the Medals Year Book (and the Internet) has very little knowledge! Still, managed to find a couple of pictures for you 🙂
I’m back… but didn’t see a single medal in Turkey!
So in the UK Long Service & Good Conduct Medals section I have added the Tietsin British Emergency Corps Medal and the Malta Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Very little is known about the first (and I’m sorry, the only image in my collection looks like it’s a replica), and the second was only awarded 99 times! At least I found images of that aplenty!
There are more police medals to come…
Got busy last week with the next cohort of distance learners starting… this involved having to go and teach them on Saturday morning which disrupted my weekend. Next week I am on vacation.
However, I’m here today with a couple more Hong Kong medals for you: The Hong Kong Royal Dockyard Police Long Service Medal (plenty of images) and the short-lived Hong Kong Disciplined Services Medal. This is a long service medal awarded to members of the Hong Kong Custom and Excise Service and the Hong Kong Immigration Service; but it was only awarded 1986-1997 and I haven’t managed to find a single picture!
Today’s addition is the Hong Kong Police Medal for Merit, horrendously complex… and, I regret to say, almost impossible to find pictures of! Four varieties, each with 5 classes…. OK that makes a lot of ‘Seeking Image’ entries, but at least we have descriptions of each one and who knows, maybe some images may turn up one day and can be added!
Talking of missing images, by the wonders of e-mail a very nice officer of the Royal Falkland Islands Police actually responded… but sent a picture of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, not the Royal Falkland Islands Police Jubilee Medal of 1996 that I was after! Can’t fault her for trying, though.
Hong Kong seems to have gone to town with police medals, there’s a slew more for next time…
More police medals – today a couple of obscure ones: The Cyprus Military Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (awarded 1929-1934) – at least I found an image in my files, but no idea where it came from originally! – and the Royal Falkland Islands Police Jubilee Medal, awarded in 1996 to just 27 people to mark the organisation’s 150th anniversary. Well, I’ve written to ask if they can help me find an image…
It’s a glorious sunny day here, but fortune did not shine on my searches for images – today I added the Ceylon Police Medal for Merit and the Ceylon Police Medal for Gallantry… just one image of the reverse (for the Medal for Merit) came to light!
Some more police medals today: Overseas Territories Long Service Medal (only awarded since 2012, so I haven’t found any pictures yet), Colonial Special Constabulary Long Service Medal and its successor the Overseas Territories Special Constabularly Long Service Medal and 2 Ceylon Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medals – it existed twice, between 1925 and 1930, and again between 1950 and 1972! I found the second one all right, but the only specimen of the first one was on the wrong ribbon 🙁
More police medals – the Royal Ulster Constabulary Long Service Medal and the Colonial Police Long Service Medal.
The Royal Ulster Constabulary one is remarkable as it only required 18 months’ fulltime service, no doubt a comment on how dangerous it could be to be a police officer in Northern Ireland during the Troubles! Right at the end of its existence, the RUC was awarded a collective George Cross, only the 2nd time such a collective award was made (the other was to the island of Malta during WW2), and blue edges were added to the ribbon to indicate this. Very few can have been awarded as the RUC was replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland at about the same time!
I’ve had a busy week – it was my birthday! – culminating by turning up to church this morning and being told that I was teaching the adult Sunday School class with zero notice/prep time. Just as well I’d studied the assigned scriptures 🙂
So today for you the UK Special Constabulary Long Service Medal. Special Constables are volunteers who work alongside professional police officers, receiving the same training and having the same powers… but unlike volunteers in the military, they are not paid for their services.
Been a bit busy with end of year stuff at university, but added the UK Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal today.
Thanks, G! This week, though, I’ve been filling in the holes from the images Robin sent… so we’ve now got an almost complete set of UN medals in the correct order. It’s looking quite impressive!
And so, today I DID get around to the United Nations medals. First pass: get them into the correct order (supplied by Robin Nicholson, thank you!). We have most, but not all of them, courtesy of Ed Haynes, Darrell, Jerseyguy, Patzim, and Rusty Knight. We also have a couple of UN-related medals, which I’ve tucked away at the end, from Frivilig and Rortiz.
The next task will be to see if I can find the missing ones (a big download from Robin will help there) and then settle down to setting everything up in the x.0 image being accompanied by information about dates and terms of award and the x.1 image being the description. What with the information Robin sent and the vast amount Darrell, in particular, has already posted there is plenty to draw upon.