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New Stacked Ribbon Bars May 12 2017, 0 Comments

Ribbon Brooch Bars available for all medals for wearing when the full-size or miniature medals is not required or appropriate. Chosen ribbons are mounted on to custom made brooches to display any number of ribbons. Current regulations vary slightly from service to service but generally they all state that ribbons would be mounted no more than four ribbons wide, there is no restriction on the number of rows of 4 you can have (although more than 8 ribbons in one group is reasonably rare). The order of wear for ribbon bars is as medal order of wear starting top left and working from left to right (as you look at the ribbons). You can browse and select from the individual ribbon bars listed below, alternatively, choose the number of ribbons you want mounted together from the following options and clearly state the required ribbons. We custom make your ribbon bar and if more than 4 ribbons is required, a custom made device is attached to the reverse to allow your ribbons to appear 'stacked'. For the current regulations for the three services, please click: British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy.

The new Falklands Veteran Lapel Pin April 08 2017, 3 Comments

Introducing The Falklands Veteran Anniversary Lapel Pin specially commissioned by Empire Medals to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War.

The highly polished chrome finish frames the enamelled representation of the South Atlantic Medal ribbon in the centre of this 25mm diameter lapel badge. The reverse of the pin features a secure butterfly clasp.


Help Find Veteran's Stolen War Medals March 10 2017, 0 Comments

Kent Police are renewing their appeal for information, following the theft of a World War Two veteran's war medals.

Having spent three-and-a-half years as a Japanese prisoner of war, Mr Blain's medals include the Allied Prisoner of War medal, the Pacific Star, the 1939-45 Star, Defence and War medals, the Restoration of Peace medal, and the Veteran Star, which had 893176 GA Blain engraved on the back.

The medals were taken between 4pm on Tuesday 27th December 2016 and 8:30am the next day.

They were stolen from the house of 94-year-old Geoffrey Blain in Regent Street, Rolvenden, Kent.

As well as Mr Blain's seven Second World War medals, three First World War medals belonging to his father were also taken.

These were a Mons Star trio comprising of a 1914 Star, a Victory Medal, and a War Medal, all of which had his father’s details engraved on the back, including the regimental number 28455.

A quantity of cash, gold sovereigns, two gold watches, a gold pendant on a chain, and jewellery were also reported stolen. 

Because of the regimental numbers and names on the back of the medals, Detective Constable Heard has asked for anyone who might have seen them for sale, either in a shop, stall, or online, to contact the police urgently so they can be returned. 

If you have information that may help the investigation, please call 01843 222289 quoting ZY/47165/16.

Alternatively, you can contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 


The MoD Approves MFO Sinai Medal for wear March 10 2017, 0 Comments

The Miniatry of Defence have approved the wearing of the MFO Sinai medal by UK Service personnel to be worn immediately after the Ebola medal.

Empire Medals can supply the full size and miniature medals. 


Long Service Awards - The Changes to The Rules February 28 2017, 0 Comments

Long Service for Regular officers to be rewarded

The rules and regulations regarding the awarding of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal have changed to include Regular officers for the first time.

Following a review in 2014 it was noted the only group of individuals not being recognised for their length of service were Regular officers. As a consequence, Ministers have agreed that the eligibility criteria should be extended to include them.

ARMY

To qualify for the award, officers must be serving in the Regular Army on or after 29 July 2014 and other ranks must be serving on or after 1 October 2016 and both must have completed 15 years Regular service, free and clear of any disciplinary entry on their records.

Clasps are available after each further period of 10 years Regular Army service. This is a change from current policy which requires 15 years service for each additional clasp.

Medals will be automatically issued by the MOD Medal Office to officers and other ranks who have completed 15 years service without entries on their disciplinary record.

Soldiers, who under the previous regulations have had the award or clasps denied or delayed, may apply for the award or clasps, once they have completed the requisite qualifying time from their last entry (15 years for the medal, 10 years for the clasp). 

Private soldiers who have entries for minor offences can appeal against an automatic delay imposed on their eligibility, however this concession will not apply to NCOs and officers, for whom a higher standard of conduct is expected, in accordance with CGS’ Leadership Code.

ROYAL NAVY

The Long Service and Good Conduct (LSGC) Medal for the Royal Navy is awarded to personnel in recognition of long service. The regulations were updated on 1 October 2016.

To qualify, you must have:

  • 15 years’ reckonable service in the Navy
  • a clear record with no misconduct for at least the last 15 years
  • been serving on or after 29 July 2014, if you’re an officer
  • been serving on or after 1 October 2016, if you’re an ‘other rank’
  • have all 3 conduct badges with character judged no lower than ‘very good’

If you have a disciplinary entry on your record, you will need to wait 15 years from the date of your last offence before you will be eligible again. 

For every additional 10 years’ service with a clear record you’ll be issued a clasp. For example, if you qualify and have served 26 years you will receive the medal and clasp.

ROYAL AIR FORCE

The Long Service and Good Conduct (LSGC) Medal for the Royal Air Force is awarded to personnel in recognition of long service. The regulations were updated on 1 October 2016.

To qualify, you must have:

  • 15 years’ reckonable service in the RAF
  • a clear record with no misconduct for at least the last 15 years
  • been serving on or after 29 July 2014, if you’re an officer
  • been serving on or after 1 October 2016, if you’re an ‘other rank’

If you have a disciplinary entry on your record, you will need to wait 15 years from the date of your last offence before you will be eligible again.

For every additional 10 years’ service with a clear record you’ll be issued a clasp. For example, if you qualify and have served 26 years you will receive the medal and clasp.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/medals-campaigns-descriptions-and-eligibility#current-meritorious-and-long-service-medals

Replica long service awards can be found HERE.


The Blue Sapphire Jubilee: Queen will not celebrate February 01 2017, 2 Comments


RAF Falcons - what a display!! January 04 2017, 0 Comments



Picture of the Day: The RAF Falcons famous canopy stack on Ex FALCON STACK 16 


If you like then you should've put a frame on it! January 03 2017, 0 Comments

Following their most recent Customer Feedback Forum, Empire Medals have introduced 3 new luxury frame styles to their already extensive collection of frames and mouldings. Medals, artefacts - in fact, almost anything can be framed inside these new frame styles: Chesterfield Leather, Museum Black, Walnut & Gold and Langham Gothic Gold.

Empire Medals custom make medal frames from their studio and Medal Office in the heart of Shropshire. Clients can peruse the online collection or are welcome to visit and view the extended range available in-house.

Whatever you are wanting to frame, Empire is the place to go - nothing is too much trouble and they can cater to any taste!

The new collections can be viewed here: https://www.empiremedals.com/collections/luxury-medal-frames

 


London Lord Mayor's coachman is honoured with a "Medal of the British People" July 13 2016, 0 Comments

An East Tilbury drum sergeant has been awarded with an honorary medal to mark his 30 years’ service to the Lord Mayor of London’s Ceremonial Coach. Read the full article here.

The Medal of the British People June 01 2016, 0 Comments

Since the 14th century, honours and medals have been used to recognise achievement for individuals from all walks of life for long service, meritorious service, dedication and sacrifice. The award of a medal is still used to this day and seen as the most prestigious way of recognising such achievements. The newly struck MBP (Medal of the British People) is the first commemorative issue that allows individuals and organisations to give thanks and show gratitude to individuals that truly deserve a medal for their contribution. Further details of this award can be found here: https://www.empiremedals.com/products/medal-of-the-british-people-mbp
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