Imperial Service Medal

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Imperial Service Medal (ISM)
Imperial Service Medal obverse.jpgImperial Service Medal reverse.jpg
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by
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Her Majesty The Queen
Eligibility Civil Servants of the United Kingdom, the Dominions, Colonies, Protectorates, and Overseas Territories.
Awarded for 25 years of meritorious service
Post-nominals (ISM)
Established 8 August 1902[1]
Last awarded July 2017[2]
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Polar Medal[3]
Next (lower) Indian Police Medal[3]
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Ribbon bar of the 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.[1] It is presented to selected civil servants who complete 25 years service upon their retirement.


When originally created the Imperial Service Medal was a seven-pointed star, in the same pattern as the Imperial Service order, but made of bronze. An amendment of the statutes changed the appearance of the medal to its current form of as a circular silver medal bearing the effigy of the reigning sovereign on the obverse and on the reverse bearing the inscription "For Faithful Service" and an appropriate design.[4][5]

Original design of the medal.

Edward 7th design ISM


  1. ^ a b "No. 27463". The London Gazette. 8 August 1902. p. 5171. 
  2. ^ "No. 61990". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 11 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3352. 
  4. ^ "No. 31953". The London Gazette. 25 June 1920. p. 6875. 
  5. ^ "Imperial Service Order". The National Archives. 8 April 1986. Retrieved 16 June 2012.