Published by the Royal Signals Institution, in three sections and with supporting appendices, this book records all honours, decorations and medals to Royal Signals since May 1920.
Giving primacy to awards for bravery, the first section of the book puts the various awards in context by taking a chronological tour through the history of Royal Signals in four themes or eras—the campaigns of the inter-war years, the Second World War, global conflict and insurgency since 1945, and non-operational gallantry and exploration.
The second section comprises a series of chapters that describe the various honours and awards, which provide details on the history of each award, the number of recipients and some biographical notes.
The third section is a consolidated register of award recipients, organised alphabetically. It includes bravery awards (with citations, revealing many previously undiscovered recommendations), all honours, decorations and medals for distinguished services on operations and awards for non-operational service announced in the Birthday and New Year honours lists (indicating which of these have surviving recommendations and where they may be found). It also includes foreign awards, the Polar Medal, and a full register of over 6,200 mentions in despatches and the various King’s and Queen’s commendations for bravery and valuable service.
Finally, there are eight supporting appendices: Six record awards to the Commonwealth and Colonial signal units inextricably linked to Royal Signals in time of conflict or war. One records awards to the Women’s Services’ all ranks who served with Royal Signals (primarily the Auxiliary Territorial Service and Women’s Royal Army Corps but also some awards to FANY and the Women’s Territorial Service (East Africa)). Lastly, a register of awards to Queen’s Gurkha Signals.
The book will run to approximately 900 pages and will be illustrated with photographs and maps. It will be published in the spring of 2021 in two formats: A numbered, limited edition will be case bound and cloth-covered with the cover, headband and page-mark ribbon reflecting the Corps’ colours. The spine and front cover will be gold foil-blocked. The second format, for general release, will be hardback with a printed paper case. Both editions use high-quality paper from sustainable sources. The limited edition will only be available via this website and the author; details of how to order will be published in early 2021. The general edition will be available through online retailers (such as Amazon) or by ordering through local bookshops and may be pre-ordered online.
Honours, Decorations and Medals to the Royal Corps of Signals
for Gallantry & Distinguished Service
General Edition ISBN: 9781916264311
Contents (click on the image below – opens as a pdf)