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Tony Farrell

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  1. The young chap in the top photo is Royal Fusiliers with a Territorial Force battalion as he appears to be wearing territorial shoulder titles. The other chap is 'possibly' East Yorkshire Regiment. Both shots are typical wartime studio photos. Neither are wearing Canadian pattern tunics. Make of that what you will.
  2. I would be very interested to hear if any members have any of the below awards in their collection. These are post-independence pre-republic awards that were in use between 1968 and 1992. This request concerns the Commonwealth realm period only. Mauritius Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Mauritius Fire Services Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Mauritius Prisons Service Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
  3. I would be very interested to hear if any members have any of the below awards in their collection. These are post-independence pre-republic awards that were in use between 1970 and 1987 (or thereabouts). Fiji Police Medal for Meritorious Service Fiji Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
  4. It's French manufactured. They made DCMs as well.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. Tony Farrell

    In Memoriam Mervyn Mitton

    I've only just picked up on this too. A very knowledgeable and helpful chap. RIP Merv.
  8. Thanks for the reply Dave. It corroborates the prioritisation v supply supposition.
  9. 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.
  10. Thread now six years old, so... bump. We may have some new members who can add something interesting.
  11. Thread now six years old, so... bump. We may have some new members who can add something interesting.
  12. 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.
  13. I would be very interested to hear if any of our members have any of the below awards in their collection. These are post-independence pre-republic awards that existed between 1961-71. This request concerns the Commonwealth realm period only. Royal Sierra Leone Military Forces LS&GC Medal Sierra Leone Police LSM Sierra Leone Fire Brigades LSM
  14. 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.
  15. I know Merv. I seem to be unable to upload anything.
  16. ​Rhodium plating for this particular medal was introduced around 1980/1
  17. Tony Farrell

    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.
  18. 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. ​
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    Unknown medal?

  20. They do. The RSAF maintain a UAS system that is based on that of the UK, with a dedicated squadron for undergraduate training, rather than various UASs dedicated to specific universities.
  21. The Zimbabwe Independence Medal was not authorised for wear in the UK. However, you will sometimes see the silver type officially worn, as these were Restricted Wear (by permission) awards. It's also worth remembering that even though UDI was declared in '65, Rhodesia remained a Commonwealth realm for a further five years and the imperial awards continued until the republican awards were instituted in 1970. Rhodesia (regardless of UDI and the republic), was still officially 'on the books' as the Crown Colony of Southern Rhodesia until April 1980.
  22. To regiment-specific collectors, finding these Militia long runners - and the equally hard-to-source Special Reserve issue - is a rare occurrence. Well spotted. Please send my condolences to your wallet!
  23. Out of the nine awarded to date, one goes to a chief executive, one is to a director, two are to assistant directors, two go to heads of departments, one to a development officer and the remaining two have been awarded to... PARAMEDICS! It really should be the other away around. These medals should be for outstanding service at the coalface, to the men and women up to their wrists in guts on frozen motorways at 3am, and not to managers and bean counters who've never seen the inside of an ambulance. There are other awards to reward managerial prowess, like MBEs etc. The QAM will simply become a QPM/QFSM clone to reward well-salaried upper management with the odd token worker ant thrown in for good measure.
  24. They were struck in both silver and bronze in two sizes: 26mm and 56mm. The obverse and reverse designs are the same as used on the central circlet of the scarce Mayors & Provosts issues.