Imperial Service Medal ERII

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis example is an ERII ISM named to Thomas William Whittington. Thomas was a motor driver with the Supplies Department in the City of London and was gazetted on the 23rd October 1959.

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. This one is –

    LG 23 October 1959, p6789
    WHITTINGTON,Thomas William, Motor Driver, Supplies Department, London.

    When he retired he was working for the General Post Office. A large percentage of Imperial Service Medal recipients worked either for the UK Post Office (Postal or Telegraph/Telephones) or worked in UK Dockyards.

    Thomas Whittington’s grade of Motor Driver in the Supplies Dept is more unusual than that of Postman which is probably the one most observed.


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