30 May 2022
Forces War Records has announced the release of Jubilee and Coronation medal rolls.
In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign Forces War Records is releasing medal rolls from the Coronation and Jubilee celebrations of former monarchs King George V, King George VI as well as reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
Forces War Records is currently transcribing thousands of these new records with further records being added weekly. The records include information on individuals that were awarded the medals as personal souvenirs for their participation in a previous Coronation or Jubilee event. Much of the content being added is exclusive to the Forces War Record site and will be beneficial to those wanting to find out if any of their ancestors received this royal honour.
There is a long history of awarding medals to mark Royal Jubilees and Coronations – the first one was awarded to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1887. These commemorative medals were given to ministers, government officials, mayors, provosts, public servants, local government officers, and members of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Forces, and Police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions.
Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document for the 1937 Coronation Medal Roll. The amount of information listed in the records may vary, although most results will reveal surname, first name(s), service number, rank, unit, appointments, job title, organisation, awards, and dates.
The new collections available online on Forces War Records include:
• King George V 1935 Silver Jubilee Medal Roll - Nominal rolls and category lists for the commemorative medal issued to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the coronation of King George V. The National Day of Celebration was held on 6 May 1935 with a thanksgiving service held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. An approximate total of 85,235 medals were awarded.
• King George VI 1937 Coronation Medal Roll - Nominal rolls and category lists for the commemorative medal issued to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth which took place on 12 May 1937 (with original digitised documents). An approximate total of 90,279 medals were awarded.
• Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation Medal Roll - Nominal rolls and category lists for the commemorative medal issued to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953 and an approximate total of 138,214 medals were awarded.
• Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal Roll - Nominal rolls and category lists for the commemorative medal issued to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II's accession to the throne on 6 February 1977 and an approximate total of 68,377 medals were awarded.
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