From the Editor's desk

June 1998, Volume 36 No. 6
MANY readers may have been surprised to see the letter from Jim Burnhams in the April edition of MEDAL NEWS. This pointed out that Leon Goldsworthy, the subject of an article in the March edition of the magazine, had been wrongly attributed with having been made a member of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), when he had in fact been awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for the gallant act described. Readers may have wondered how this mistake occurred.
In this particular case the error was in the original manuscript submitted by the author, and everything followed from that. There was no reason to suspect that the citation quoted in the article was anything other than one which could have accompanied the award of a DSO, therefore no editorial action was taken.

While the editorial staff at MEDAL NEWS do their best to ensure that errors of fact are eliminated before the magazine is printed, we are totally reliant on our contributors for the content of articles. It would clearly be an impossible task to attempt to check every date, quantity, or statement of historical fact in every piece published. I believe it says a great deal for our contributors that this kind of mistake happens extremely rarely, but I am always grateful to readers who spot mistakes and point them out. This is how we all learn.

There is no doubt that mistakes during the editorial process do slip through from time to time for other reasons; for example, numbers (including dates) are the easiest pieces of data to corrupt, and the most difficult to check. While I hope that minor inaccuracies of this kind, when they do occur, do not affect the overall impact of articles and reports of news stories, or diminish readers' enjoyment, they are nevertheless untoward occurrences, and generally to be avoided.

Order Back Issue

You can order this item as a back issue, simply select a delivery option from the list below and add it to your shopping basket. The price displayed is the cost of the magazine and the delivery combined.

Free Trial Issue
Click Here
From the Editor's desk
Free trial issue Subscribe Buy this back issue

In This Issue

BACKGROUND13
Half yearly honours - a new look? by Our Special Correspondent
Assessing the system
UPDATE15
Suez Medal campaign by Mark Young
New Labour - New Hope?
INSIGHT17
INSIGHT by Harry Wivell
One man's story
SPOTLIGHT20
Well worth checking by John Goddard
Navel General Service research
OUT & ABOUT22
Encapsulating gallantry by Diana Birch
The new gallery at the IWM
BADGES25
The Yeomanry Regiments: VI by Philip Haythornthwaite
RESEARCH FILE27
The India Office Library and Records by Tim Ash

Regulars

NEWS & VIEWS5
MARKET SCENE9
DID YOU KNOW24
BOOKS29
THE EDITORS PAGE30
ON PARADE! - READERS' QUERIES30
READERS' LETTERS31
MEDAL TRACKER32
DEALERS' LISTS34
WHAT'S ON35
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING36