Arrivals and departures

October 2000, Volume 38 No. 9
THOSE readers who have known us for any length of time will know that Token Publishing is like a swan on the surface, all calm and serene, but undemeath a hive of frenetic activity. The autumn is always particularly busy for us and, with the Orders & Medals Research Society's annual Convention heralding the start of the new season, this year promises to be no different. Once again the launch of the MEDAL YEARBOOK at the OMRS Convention went extremely well: over 500 copies were sold on the day and without exception all those who saw the book were full of praise for our latest work, a mamoth 472-page tome. A great deal of interest was also shown in our new publication Kiwi Scorpions (details of which can be found later in this issue) and our proposed projects, particularly Brian Kieran's work on the Relief of Kimberley which is due out before Christmas. These books will, we are confident, be just the first in a long line of military titles coming from the Token stable with at least three more manuscripts ready for publication in the spring and a host of other projects in the pipeline. We will not, of course, turn away from the pure "medal" titles we have become so well respected for but do believe that our new projects will sit neatly beside our established titles each complementing the other superbly.

However, new titles and new projects aren't the only developments afoot at Token and it is with much sadness that this month we say farewell to our Features Editor, John Sly. John took over the Editorship of MEDAL NEWS back in 1997 and then earlier this year donned the mantle of Features Editor, doing sterling work in getting first class articles to fill the pages of the magazine, many of which are still awaiting publication and will continue to entertain and educate readers for some time to come. He is now, however, moving onwards to other things and his new job as the Business Manager for ARELS (Association of Registered English Language Services) will not allow him to devote the time necessary to his role at Medal News and he has regretfully had to bid us goodbye. This issue therefore will be his last and I for one would like to take this opportunity to thank him both personally and on behalf of you the readers for all his efforts over the last few years and wish him every success in his new job. Of course we are sure that John will continue to be a regular sight on the London medal scene and hope that he will, from time to time, be able to write a few articles for us. In the meantime we will do our utmost to ensure that the quality of articles that John brought to the magazine is not diminished by his absence - although that he will be a hard act to follow cannot be in doubt.

Meanwhile we will continue to seek out suitable articles for the magazine and we will be happy to consider contributions from readers on any medal-related topic. Prospective authors are asked to send their work to the Token Publishing offices where they will be considered for publication in due course.

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In This Issue

Awards to the Parachute Regiment by Frank Pye
Medals for service in the Gulf War
A Single MM by Mark Relf
The record of a thoroughly bad soldier
Reward for service by Fred Larimore
MSM and LS&GC awards in the Victorian Army
Heroes of the Albert Medal by Allan Stanistreet
A submariner's bravery
A Letter from Nynee Taal by Tim Ash
A medallic survival
The Kiwi Scorpions by Brendan 0'Carroll
New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group
A Victoria Cross Anomaly? by David Humphrey
The Manchesters at Caesars Camp
Flaming Clouds by Gerald J. Gallagher
Soviet Aviators of World War II
Badges of the Royal Berkshire Regiment by Philip Haythornthwaite