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  1. Double issues of the same medal are not unheard of, whether they be from two differing issuing authorities, or unit admin office submissions. It's not even a double issue technically, as the St John's issue of the medal had a different reverse from that of the Met, though it was ostensibly the 'same' medal. I wouldn't think too hard on this.
  2. He was most probably a member of the St Johns Ambulance as well as being a copper and (of consequence) received a double issue of the medal - albeit with two differing reverses.
  3. Hi Emmanuel. You did very well to hammer that MPM (I was an underbidder). It is most certainly a rare piece. As you say, there is scant information relating to it and I have found no mention of it in the appropriate records. I can confirm, however, that (at least) 245 Police LS medals were awarded in the period between 1974-77 - with 300 having been initially manufactured. How many were made and awarded after this date I cannot say, but I have the rolls for police, fire and prisons awards up until '77.
  4. The Black Majority Rule issue aside, an article by Brian Taylor in the OMRS MoH supplement of 1982 states that the Commonwealth honours and awards effectively ceased* upon UDI and a committee was soon established to create a replacement system: the Honours & Awards Act of 1969 (No.50/69) being the fruit of their labours. A Government Notice (893A/69) published in the Rhodesia Government Gazette on 10th November 1969 established the creation of the Rhodesian GSM - with further awards being authorised a year later in November 1970 by a series of notices (1093-1113/70). *ISTR a member of the Rhodesian Army winning a Queen's Medal at Bisley during the post UDI and pre-republic era (65-70), and also one or two RRAF LS&GCs being awarded, hence my query. I'm not sure how Rhodesian awards could thus have been awarded from 'at least 1967' when the H&A committee was still deliberating, with their conclusions being some two years distant.
  5. There are three distinct Northern Ireland provincial issues: Ulster Special Constabulary Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve Police Reserve
  6. I doubt we'll have 'police' in thirty years' time, rather Private Law Enforcement Contractors. The upper echelons have made it quite clear that they don't want 'careerists'. The 'job truly is ****ed' as my ex-Met mate would say.
  7. Could you expand on what the HAC police detatchment is? Are they TA who are also specials?
  8. Standard Highland/Lowland No2 SD tunic worn by various regiments, but specific to pipers in the UDR, as non-pipers wore the standard pattern No2 jacket with rifle green trousers. The Rangers also had pipers, but the qual badge would've been green on black. This would've been worn throughout the '70s and '80s'. The material changed to a cheaper fabric in the '90s.
  9. Then it will become a scarce and desirable award for collectors who specialise in such areas. It would not be without precedent.
  10. Thanks for putting me right. Every little helps. Is there a definitive cut off date for imperial awards in the Rhodesian armed forces? I've not been able to find one. I only ask as I have a medal in my collection that omits the 'Southern' prefix following the federal period and I'd like to know how much of a shelf life these issues had before being replaced by the post UDI awards.
  11. As far as I've been able to ascertain, the TJFF utilised a rank structure based on the Turkish model - not unlike the Egyptian and Sudanese armies, but with minor titular differences relating to the equivalent ranks of captain (rais) and major (kaid). These lower ranks appear to have been locally-commissioned positions and not those used by the (more senior) seconded British officers who continued to use their own ranks, though they may have been referred to by their Turkish equivalent titles: major (bimbashi) and lieutenant colonel (kaimakam). Any confirmation or clarification on this would be appreciated.
  12. Just spotted this. That's one hell of an interesting group: Police MSM for Gallantry, Police MSM, Police LS&GC and an Independence. Were they named?
  13. It's the ribbon for the decoration (RD), not the medal. He was thus an officer in the RNR.
  14. It should read name, battalion and Grenad. Guards.
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