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)

To submit an online nomination for a Service Award please click here. 

Alternatively, you can download a word document version here.


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

To submit an online nomination for a Merit Award please click here.

Alternatively, you can download a word document version here.


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).

To submit an online nomination for a Trophy or Special Award Please click here.

Alternatively, you can download a word document version here.

Friends of the Society Application Form 

Click here to complete the form.

Or you can download the word document here.

ILS Citation of Merit Application Form

Click here to download the document.


Please ensure that any nominations are submitted to your local branch by Monday 11 February 2019. Branches must then submit the final nomination to RLSS UK HQ by Monday 25 March 2019. For any queries about the Honours process please email: [email protected]