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British Commonwealth Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards - The Imperial Service Order and Medal

Companion of the Imperial Service Order

Companion of the Imperial Service Order obverse view

The Imperial Service Medal

The Imperial Service Medal obverse view

About these awards

The Imperial Service Order and Medal were instituted in 1902 to recognise long and meritorious service by senior civil servants. These medals were replaced in New Zealand by the creation of the Queen's Service Order in 1975.

Royal Warrant

Many British awards have a considerable history and the Royal Warrants which instituted them have been subject to significant amendment during their currency. More information on the Royal Warrants and criteria for the British Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards can be found in the publications listed in the Bibliography. A publication titled ‘British Gallantry Awards’ by P.E. Abbott and J.M.E. Tamplin is particularly recommended.

Regulations

Most Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards do not have separate Regulations. Instructions for their administration are usually included in the Royal Warrant.

Clasps and Bars

There are no clasps or bars for these awards.

Order of Wear

The position of the Imperial Service Order and the Imperial Service Medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.