Imperial Service Medal ERII

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomMy example is an ERII ISM named to Nellie Parr. Nellie was the Chief Supervisor at the Nottingham General Post Office. She was gazetted on the 13th of February 1959 (Thanks to Mark Barnard for his terribly helpful sleuthing on these ISM’s!).

The Imperial Service Order was established by King Edward VII in August 1902. It was awarded on retirement to the administration and clerical staff of the Civil Service throughout the British Empire for long and meritorious service.

Normally a person must have served for 25 years to become eligible, but this might be shortened to 16 years for those serving in unsanitary locations. There was one class: Companion. Both men and women were eligible, and receipients of this order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters ‘ISO’.

Non-managerial civil servants who complete 25 years service are eligible for the Imperial Service Medal (ISM) upon retirement. The medal is a silver circular medal bearing the effigy of the reigning monarch on the obverse, and the motif of a naked man resting after work with the legend ‘For Faithful Service’ on the reverse. The ribbon or bow pattern is the same as the Imperial Service Order.

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One Response to “Imperial Service Medal ERII”

  1. Hi Geof

    Nellie PARR, at this time they didn’t put Mrs or Miss on the naming; was a female indoor worker in one of the larger offices. Her grade is reasonably senior within the range of junior grades that could be nominated for an ISM.

    LG 13 February 1959, p1066
    General Post Office
    PARR, Nellie, Chief Supervisor, Nottingham.

    Front page of gazette, confirming the award is an ISM
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/41633/supplements/1065

    2nd page (last in this case) with her entry
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/41633/supplements/1066

    Regards
    Mark

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