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Imperial Service Order

Country: United Kingdom

Imperial Service Order

For rewarding long and faithful service in the administrative and clerical grades of the Civil Service at home and overseas this medal was instituted in 1902 by King Edward VII. Women were admitted in 1908. 25 years service at home or 20 years and 6 months in India and 16 years in the tropics were required to qualify except in circumstances of 'eminently meritorious service'. No UK awards have been made since 1995 but some Commonwealth awards continue to the present.

The badge is a circular gold plaque bearing the royal cipher and surrounded by the words 'FOR FAITHFUL SERVICE'. This plaque is them superimposed on a seven pointed silver star surmounted by a crown and ring for suspension. The badge awarded to women has a laurel wreath around the edge instead of the star shaped base.

The ribbon is three equal bands of blue, crimson and blue.