The Imperial Service Medal

front cover of ISM supplementThe Imperial Service Medal, affiliated with the Imperial Service Order, was instituted on 8 August 1902 (Gazette issue 27463) to reward civil servants (on retirement) for at least 25 years of loyal and meritorious service to the Crown.

When the Imperial Service Order was inaugurated, the badge was a silver, seven-pointed star. In 1920, the design of the medal changed to a round pattern, which bore on the obverse side the civil head of the late King George V, and on the reverse side, a design to depict well-earned rest with the words ‘For Faithful Service’ (Gazette issue 31953).

The obverse side always bears the crowned effigy of the monarch reigning at the time of the award.

See the January 2018 Gazette Imperial Service Medal supplement.