OMRS News

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.

30, November, 2018
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.

and

A Century of Music making in the British Army.

28, October, 2018

Surrey 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:

The Suffragettes 

Operation Mincemeat (The Man Who Never Was)

and

Korean War VC's

24, October, 2018

Surrey 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:

The Russian Convoys of the Second World War

The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment

and

The Battle of Omdurman 1898

19, October, 2018

September’s OMRS Journal includes the following articles:

A distinction almost denied: the naming of Australia’s Second World War medals – the fight to get Australia’s Second World War medals officially named.

Regimental sergeant majors – development of this rank and some of their medals.

The Order of Virtuti Militari 5th Class awarded to the Polish Army in the West, 1940-45 – the development of, and some of those who have received, this award.

An unusual death certificate – this death certificate does not tell the full story.

Jordan – Great Arab Revolt Centennial Medal – a rare modern medal awarded to some British service personnel.

An intriguing medal for the International Sleeping Car Company – the Wagons-Lits – a most unusual medal and why it was awarded.

William Grant: captain of the Himalaya - From wood and wind to iron and steam.

A tale of two headstones – two casualties who were both awarded a bronze medal but there the similarities end.

George Spencer Gabriel – an unusual group of medals to a “Pom” who eventually settled in Australia.

To war in a yacht: Lieutenant Albert Pepperell, RNVR – serving in a “private” yacht in the First World War.

From award-winning essays to long-lived works on naval history – some unusual literary awards to a senior naval officer.

Lieutenant William Gair, 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) and 'Sebastopol Tom' – the part played by a domestic cat in the Crimea War.

The Bolton Borough Police Good Service Medal in bronze – the story behind, and the awards of, this medal.

4th Middlesex: men killed in action on 1 July 1916? – the truth is not always as recorded on certain official documents.

18, October, 2018

Northern 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:

East Germany and the Battle of the Nations

Wellington and the Peninsula

and

St John Railway Ambulance Medals

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