OMRS News

20, August, 2019

Meetings Update: We have made some changes regarding our meetings for East Anglia Branch members for this year and have provided a provisional programme for next year (See the Events Calender for details). As of this November we will be adding two more meetings which will be on the 2nd Sunday in March and the 3rd Sunday in November (to avoid Remembrance Sunday). Finally the subject for our October meeting will be Medals for service in India and in November The Imperial Yeomanry in the Boer War.

14, August, 2019

Vacancy for General Secretary

After seven years in the role and many years before that on the Executive Committee, Dahlia Harrison as decided to retire from the post of General Secretary at this year’s AGM in October. This means that your Society is looking for a new General Secretary.

Please take a moment to consider if you would be willing to undertake this important role.

The Role

  • To act as the Society’s first point of contact with members and non-members
  • To ensure the smooth running and functioning of the Executive Committee meetings and the AGM, including:
    • Collating and circulating the agenda
    • Recording the minutes
  • To act as custodian of the Society’s constitution and ensure that activities are in line with the Society’s objectives
  • To assist the President with the administration of the Society’s honours and awards
  • To be a signatory on the Society’s bank account
  • To liaise with the President and other Officers of the Society
  • To liaise between the Society and the office of the Patron

It is important to stress that you will be supported by the President, other Officers and members of the Executive Committee.

Other Duties

These are not strictly within the remit of General Secretary but are performed by the current office holder. They could be passed on to other volunteers in future:

  • Liaison between the Executive Committee and the Annual Convention organisers.
  • Stewardship of the Society’s archives
  • Liaison with Branch Secretaries

Qualities Required

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to travel to attend Society meetings held at the National Archives, Kew (expenses will be reimbursed). There are six meetings a year
  • Energy and drive to take the Society forwards

The position is unpaid, but expenses will be reimbursed.

To apply for the role, or to request further information or to arrange to talk to the President about the role, please email: researchlib72@omrs.org

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2019

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

June’s OMRS Journal includes the following articles:

RAF ‘Ace’ and casualty at Dunkirk: Flying Officer Henry Peter Dixon - an insight into Flying Officer Henry Peter Dixon, flying a Hurricane of No 145 Squadron.

The Military General Service Medal 1793-1814: clasp issue errors - How clasps on the MGS sometimes do not accurately represent the correct entitlement of the medal recipient.

Desertion and the Punjab: a trooper and a medical officer - An article about two soldiers, both awarded the Punjab Medal 1848-49, one possibly branded, the other invited to do branding.

Captain Leslie Gordon ‘Pard’ Riches, MC - The story behind the Military Cross group to Leslie G. Riches, a colourful character with the nickname ‘Pard’,

The Inner Temple Medal for Great War Service (the ‘Gillick Medal’) and Captain Eric Dupree - Some background on this medal and a brief history of one recipient, Captain Eric Dupree, a wartime officer in the Hampshire Regiment.

Walter William Dudley: a ‘Red Devil’ -  The story of Corporal W.W. Dudley of the Royal Garrison Artillery awarded the Military Medal in the First World War.

The Granville train disaster medallion 1977 - The story behind the Australian Granville train disaster medallion

From chasing Chinese pirates to service in the ‘Moonlight Squadron’ The Royal Naval service of a16-year-old boy entrant in 1924 to the day he was finally pensioned from the service in 1948.

An Imperial Service Medal and its connection with George Archer-Shee, ‘The Winslow Boy’ - An incident which began at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, on the  isle of Wight in October 1908, involving a naval cadet, George Archer-Shee and a Postmistress who went on to earn an ISM.

Dating Tank Corps numbers - a helpful guide for those researching Tank Corps soldiers from the First World War.

Long service awards to the Metropolitan Special Constabulary before August 1919 - Illustrations and descriptions of the types of Long Service awards to the Special Constabulary prior to 1919.

A France and Germany Star 1944-45 to a South African Artillery Officer? - An unnamed France and Germany Star, was it added to the group by a collector, dealer or the applicant himself ?

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 https://www.dnw.co.uk/news-and-events/britannia/

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.

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