7, March, 2019
Cover image of 'FOR FAITHFUL SERVICE’ A History of the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal by T.P. Brewster

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.

The buy the book click HERE.


Latest News -  For Faithful Service - Back in Stock
The initial print run of the above book sold out in record time, but I am pleased to announce that it is available again to order from our website shop. Please login to the Members’ Area first to ensure you receive your Members’ discount.
7, March, 2019
Cover of the March edition of the OMRS Journal

March’s OMRS Journal includes the following articles:

The ‘Third World War Medal Project’ of the Hungarian People’s Republic - an insight into the new decorations instituted after the Communist takeover post 1945.

The evolution of a George Medal group - The history behind the very desirable group belonging to Lieutenant Campbell O’Connor Kelly, OBE, GM, MC, MM, late RGA .

A ‘self-awarded’ New Zealand Medal to Sergeant Charles Addington, 50th (The Queen’s Own) Regiment - An undated engraved New Zealand Medal that I knew to be fraudulent.

Salvation Army orders and medals - An interesting article based on 30 years of collecting and researching.

Sackville Thompson: his chance of glory - The history behind Mate Sackville Thompson’s South Africa Medal 1834-53.

The medal behind the man - How the digital image of a 90-year old photograph ended unexpectedly with a medal.

Gunga Din and the 93rd’s drummer boy: an Indian Mutiny Medal with an American twist? - Did Drummer Ross’s actions at Lucknow lead to the creation of the fictionalised Gunga Din?

Tigris River war veteran became a much-loved sea cadet officer - Within a couple of years of buying these medals I was able to piece together much of his story and what a story it was.

‘Black Douglas’ - The Africa General Service Medal awarded to District Commissioner H.M. Douglas, an interesting and controversial subject for research.

A Khedive’s Star 1882 named to a member of the 19th Hussars - The moral is: all things come to he who waits!

Memorial Plaque name provenance - Reuniting medals and memorial plaques with broken groups.

A Royal Marine’s personal account of the march on Benin City, 1897 - A first hand account of the march on Benin City giving an insight into the day-to-day life on the expedition.

5, February, 2019
Paul Brewster and his new book For Faithful Service

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!

4, February, 2019

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.

Exhibition Classes

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.

4, February, 2019

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.


4, February, 2019
After a glitchy start to the new parking system at The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, the system now appears to be running smoothly.
At up to £7 for a day (over four hours) it is worth looking for alternative free parking in the immediate area. 
4, February, 2019

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. 

3, February, 2019

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

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.

30, November, 2018

The Northern Branch are to hold The Northern Exhibition & Mini Convention of 2019

This well known and respected event is to be held on Saturday 6th April 2019 from 12 Noon until  4.30pm.

The venue is the Heald Green Village Hall, 219 Outwood Road, Heald Green, Cheadle, SK8 3JL. which will be familiar to medal collectors and researchers.

There will be two talks by Bob Barltrop on The Men, Medals and Battle Honours of the 63rd Regiment of Foot and Graham Pitchfork on RAF Escapers.

The event will be supported by a number of medal dealers and there will also be a competitive exhibition & display.

Refreshments available.




20, November, 2018

London Branch have updated their programme of meetings through to the end of 2019.

The subjects covered are across a wide spectrum of interest and include:

Bedtime Stories: 13 Para - The Rhine and Beyond.

Defence of the Legations.


A Century of Music making in the British Army.