Service Honours

Service Honours can be awarded to individual members, members of affiliated clubs/organisations and ATCs in membership, for a year of continuous service to the Society. Please refer to the guidance notes for more information on eligibility for Service awards.

  • Certificate of Thanks (4 and 8 years’ service)
  • Service Medal (12 years’ service)
  • Bar to Service Medal (16 years’ service)
  • Service Cross (20 years’ service)
  • 1st Bar to Service Cross (25 years’ service)
  • 2nd Bar to Service Cross (30 years’ service)
  • Honorary UK Life Member (35 years’ service)
  • Recognition of Service (40 years’ service)
  • UK Long Service Medal (50 years’ service or more)

Merit Honours

Merit Honours are awarded to individual members, members of affiliated clubs/organisations and ATCs in membership, for meritorious contribution to the Society. Please refer to the guidance notes for more information on eligibility for Merit awards.

  • Certificate of Merit (May be awarded more than once. Interval of two years)
  • Certificate of Recognition (May be awarded more than once. Interval of two years)
  • Medal of Distinction (Must have received one of two Certificates of Merit and Certificate of Recognition)
  • Bar(s) to Medal of Distinction (To be awarded no more frequently than 4 years following Medal of Distinction)
  • Medal of Honour
  • Honorary UK Life Governor
  • UK Honorary Vice President

Trophy and Special Awards

Nominations for any of the trophies must have the support of the Branch Management or Branch Honours Committee and be signed by a Branch Chair (no other signature is acceptable unless the nominee in question hold both of these posts, and in this case the Secretary/Administrator or designated officer must sign and note the office held by the signatory).


Please ensure that any nominations are submitted to your local branch by 17 February 2020. Branches must then submit the final nomination to RLSS UK HQ by 30 March 2020. For any queries about the Honours process please email: [email protected]