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Tony Farrell

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  1. It's French manufactured. They made DCMs as well.
  2. I think it's something to do with the tender process, i.e. the manufacture. The design, warrant and clasp criteria (to date) have all been sorted. The design is surprisingly traditional and a departure from recent design trends. It's quite Victorian in overtone.
  3. Bert, the DIN is still restricted, so I would advise against posting ops and areas, screen grabbing designs etc, as there could be ramifications for the forum. However, given that the ribbon design is already 'out' - thanks to a factory tour by HMQ, where the ribbon was clearly on view (amongst the other recent issues) - I cannot see the Defence of the Realm being compromised by a knocked up jpeg on Paintbox. So...
  4. In Memoriam Mervyn Mitton

    I've only just picked up on this too. A very knowledgeable and helpful chap. RIP Merv.
  5. Thanks for the reply Dave. It corroborates the prioritisation v supply supposition.
  6. I can only think that this is a local borough police award if indeed it's 'yer man' - as he'd have had no prior police service to WWI that would suggest a 1902 Police Coronation. In any case, if it was such it would (by then) have been worn after the BWM/Vic (which you've correctly ID'd). The regulations as regards to the wearing of these borough and county awards was haphazard at best and was down to local command permission. Unfortunately, I have no idea which medal it could be, but it's positioning ahead of his war medals is suggestive of a bravery award.
  7. Thread now six years old, so... bump. We may have some new members who can add something interesting.
  8. Thread now six years old, so... bump. We may have some new members who can add something interesting.
  9. There was a series of long and meritorious service awards introduced upon SL becoming an independent dominion in '61. These supplanted the CPM (both for gallantry and merit) and the Colonial Police and Fire LSMs. Though the designs were markedly different, they followed the established model of the predecessor awards. All used the Cecil Thomas 'Tudor' effigy of Elizabeth II and the reverses reflected the service with inscriptions denoting award type. They all had ring suspenders and were struck from both silver and cupro-nickel - the latter materiel being utilised for the LS awards only. All of the above awards are excessively rare, and to the best of my knowledge none have come onto the market in recent years... if ever! Given the turbulent state of the country, it's extremely likely that the survivability of any of the above awards is low. I haven't even seen any images never mind encountered as much as a specimen example. I await the day when one crops up (along with the elusive Mauritius Police issue). We can but live in hope.
  10. I know Merv. I seem to be unable to upload anything.
  11. I would be particularly interested to hear of other examples of this medal in anyone's collection, with specific emphasis on naming style and (if singular and mounted) pin brooch.
  12. ​Rhodium plating for this particular medal was introduced around 1980/1
  13. Unknown medal?

    Probably because it was the only medal for the operation (i.e. not already covered by another issue) and was officially-sanctioned by the ADF - who's authority 2RGR (and support elements) came under. The Gurkhas were the only UK recipients of this medal as far as I can recall.
  14. I know of a chap who joined the RAF in the early '60s, spent his entire time in the UK, left after twelve, joined the police after a spell at uni, did twenty-one years and compulsory retired at 60 as a Sgt in 2001. That's thirty-three years of uniformed service with not one single medal to show for it. Had he remained in a few more months he'd have qualified for the 2002 Jubilee Medal. And I know of another chap who did three years and got two for one six-month UNFICYP tour in '91 slap bang in the middle of Op Granby (I myself missed out on that particular party by a mere four weeks). And then there's another chap who missed out on his LS&GC thirty-year bar by six months because he joined as a junior and did 'one for the Queen'. And then there's a mate of mine who missed out on her ACSM by twenty-four hours. Such is life. ​
  15. Unknown medal?

    INTERFET.
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