Imperial Service Order

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.[1] 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 is one class: Companion. Both men and women are eligible, and recipients of this order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters 'ISO'.[2][3]

Imperial Service Order
Imperial Service Order Elizabeth II
Decoration as worn by gentlemen.
Awarded by the sovereign of the Commonwealth realms
TypeOrder
EstablishedAugust 1902
Awarded forNationally important service
StatusCurrently constituted
(only in Papua New Guinea)
SovereignQueen Elizabeth II
GradesCompanion (ISO)
ImperialServiceOrderRibbon

Ribbon bar of the order

History

The new order was announced in the 1902 Coronation Honours list published on 26 June 1902, on the day scheduled for the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.[4] The coronation was postponed due to the King's illness, however, and the statutes of the order were published on 8 August 1902, to coincide with the actual coronation on the following day.[5] The first list of recipients was published the following month.

Insignia

Imperial Service Order 1912
ISO as worn by gentlemen (above) and ladies (below)

The insignia of the order for men was an eight-pointed silver star, with the top ray obscured by a crown; the golden central medallion bore the cipher of the reigning monarch surrounded by the legend 'For Faithful Service'. This was suspended on a ribbon of crimson with a blue central stripe.

The insignia of the order for women had the same medallion as for men, surrounded by a silver laurel wreath and topped by a crown. This was suspended on a bow of crimson with a blue central stripe.

Imperial Service Medal

Imperial Service Medal obverse
Obverse
Imperial Service Medal reverse
Reverse

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 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.

1993 reforms

During the 1993 reform of the British honours system the British Government decided to make no new appointments to the Imperial Service Order; the Imperial Service Medal, however, continues to be awarded in recognition of certain individuals who make positive contributions.[6] In recent years, only the government of Papua New Guinea continues to nominate candidates for both the Order and the Medal.

See also

References

  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ Duckers, Peter (2004). British Orders and Decorations. Shire Books. pp. 48–51.
  3. ^ Honours and Titles (second ed.). HMSO. 1996. p. 101.
  4. ^ "The Coronation Honours". The Times (36804). London. 26 June 1902. p. 5.
  5. ^ Statutes can be read here "No. 27463". The London Gazette. 8 August 1902. p. 5171.
  6. ^ Recent lists
1902 Coronation Honours

The 1902 Coronation Honours were announced on 26 June 1902, the date originally set for the coronation of King Edward VII. The coronation was postponed because the King had been taken ill two days before, but he ordered that the honours list should be published on that day anyway.

The list included appointments to various orders and honours of the United Kingdom and British India, and the creation of two new decorations:

the Order of Merit

the Imperial Service OrderThere were also some promotions and appointments in the British Army announced in the list.

The honours were covered in the press at the time, including in The Times on the day, but formal announcements in the London Gazette were spread out over the following months, in gazettes dated 26 June 1902, 11 July 1902, 18 July 1902, 22 July 1902, 25 July 1902, and 2 September 1902.A South African list, honouring people for their service during the Second Boer War, was published on the same day.

1947 Birthday Honours (New Zealand)

The 1947 King's Birthday Honours in New Zealand, celebrating the official birthday of King George VI, were appointments made by the King on the advice of the New Zealand government to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders. They were announced on 12 June 1947.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.

1948 Birthday Honours (New Zealand)

The 1948 King's Birthday Honours in New Zealand, celebrating the official birthday of King George VI, were appointments made by the King on the advice of the New Zealand government to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders. They were announced on 10 June 1948.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.

1949 Birthday Honours (New Zealand)

The 1949 King's Birthday Honours in New Zealand, celebrating the official birthday of King George VI, were appointments made by the King on the advice of the New Zealand government to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders. They were announced on 9 June 1949.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.

1952 Birthday Honours (New Zealand)

The 1952 Queen's Birthday Honours in New Zealand, celebrating the official birthday of Elizabeth II, were appointments made by the Queen on the advice of the New Zealand government to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders. They were the first birthday honours of the new queen's reign, and were announced on 5 June 1952.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.

1967 New Year Honours (New Zealand)

The 1967 New Year Honours in New Zealand were appointments by Elizabeth II on the advice of the New Zealand government to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders. The awards celebrated the passing of 1966 and the beginning of 1967, and were announced on 1 January 1967.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.

1986 New Year Honours (Australia)

The New Year Honours 1986 were appointments by Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries, and honorary ones to citizens of other countries. They were announced on 31 December 1988 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1989 in AustraliaThe recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

1987 New Year Honours (Australia)

The New Year Honours 1987 were appointments by Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries, and honorary ones to citizens of other countries. They were announced on 31 December 1988 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1989 in Australia

1988 New Year Honours (Australia)

The New Year Honours 1988 were appointments by Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries, and honorary ones to citizens of other countries. They were announced on 31 December 1988 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1989 in Australia

Bernard Senior

Bernard Senior (23 June 1865 – 3 July 1934) was the 23rd Colonial Auditor of British Ceylon.

He was born the son of J. Senior, a solicitor of Merton, Surrey and educated at Dulwich College.

In 1884 he was appointed clerk to the Boundary Commission, attached to the Scottish Education Department the following year and then served for a period as private secretary to Sir Francis Sandford (later Lord Sandford), Under-Secretary for Scotland from 1887 to 1888.

In 1888 he was appointed first-class clerk to the Colonial Secretary's office in the Gold Coast and local auditor at Lagos in 1889. He went to British Bechuanaland in 1894 and to Cyprus in 1895. In September 1902 he was appointed Auditor-General of the Orange River Colony. Other posts he held in South Africa were chairman of the Tender Board and director of the National Bank of the Orange River Colony. He was awarded the Imperial Service Order (ISO) in the 1906 Birthday Honours list on 29 June 1906.He moved to Ceylon as Colonial Auditor on 1 March 1907, succeeding Francis Robert Ellis, and held the office until 8 April 1909, when he was succeeded by D. S. MacGregor. He was awarded CMG in 1916.

He was then appointed Treasurer and Commissioner of Stamps of Ceylon, retiring to England in 1922, where he died in 1934.

Senior married twice; firstly in 1891 Florence May Farr; and secondly in 1916 Marguerite Sara Wentworth-Stanley.

Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst

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Edgar Albert Smith

Edgar Albert Smith (29 November 1847 in London – 22 July 1916 in Acton) was a British zoologist, a malacologist.

His father was Frederick Smith, a well-known entomologist, and Assistant Keeper of Zoology in the British Museum, Bloomsbury. Edgar Albert Smith was educated both at the North London Collegiate School and privately, being well grounded in Latin amongst other subjects, as his excellent diagnoses bear witness.Smith married in July 1876. Subsequently, he and his wife had four sons and two daughters.He gave more prominent attention to the fauna of the African Great Lakes and the marine molluscs of South Africa, and also the non-marine mollusk fauna of Borneo and New Guinea.

Edward Tregear

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Frederick Montizambert

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Born in Quebec City, Canada East, the son of Edward Lewis Montizambert and Lucy Bowen, Montizambert was a descendant of Pierre Boucher and his grandfather was Edward Bowen. Montizambert was educated at the High School of Montreal and at Upper Canada College from 1856 to 1859. He studied medicine at Université Laval from 1859 to 1861 and then studied at the University of Edinburgh for three years receiving his MD in 1865. He returned to Quebec in 1865 and married Mary Jane Walker, the daughter of William Walker who was a member of the Legislative Council of Quebec from 1842 to 1863.

He was not interested in private practice but rather worked in public health as the medical director at the Grosse Isle quarantine station. Starting in 1866, he held the post for thirty years. In 1894, he was also appointed to be superintendent of Canadian quarantine stations. In 1899, he was appointed Director General of Public Health in Canada. He retired in 1920.

In 1867, he joined the Canadian Medical Association and was its president from 1907 to 1908. In 1890, he was elected President of the American Public Health Association.

He was made a companion of the Imperial Service Order in 1903 and a companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1916. In 2001, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Imperial Service Medal

The Imperial Service Medal is a medal affiliated with the Imperial Service Order. The medal was established under the statutes of the Imperial Service Order, on 8 August 1902, by King Edward VII. It is presented to selected civil servants who complete at least 25 years service, upon their retirement.

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Mary Noble

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Percy H. Grimshaw

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Queen's Service Order

The Queen's Service Order, established by royal warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on 13 March 1975, is used to recognise "valuable voluntary service to the community or meritorious and faithful services to the Crown or similar services within the public sector, whether in elected or appointed office". This order was created after a review of New Zealand's honours system in 1974. The Queen's Service Order replaced the Imperial Service Order in New Zealand.

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