West of England 'Medal' Club

Founded over thirty five years ago, the West of England 'Medal' Club, enables those of us with a common interest in the history of armed conflict and the men and women who have served their country, to share knowledge and learn something new.

Today the 'M' in WEMC means more than just medals, it's history in a tangible sense. Many members, but by no means all, bring the past closer by collecting and often researching items including: cloth and metal badges & insignia, uniforms, photos, documents, inscribed cigarette cases, together with campaign, long service, gallantry and lifesaving medals. All of Britain's armed forces are encompassed as well as civilian emergency services, the merchant navy and members of the public who have saved the life of another - often at risk to themself.

Over two hundred years of history are covered - from the French Revolutionary wars up to those still being fought today. Recent subjects have ranged from the Peninsula and Crimean Wars, to slavery in Africa, the Geneva Convention and anniverseries remembering World War I and Waterloo.

We hold six meetings a year, with talks and presentations by member and guest speakers on all aspects of conflict, weaponry and lifesaving. For those members who are collectors, they can 'dust off' something to show at the annual competition when everybody has a chance to select the best exhibits from medals, militaria and ephemera (photos, paperwork, postcards etc). There are always refreshments provided by members from the village hall kitchen. Following a speaker and refreshments there is normally time for 'Members Own' when on an ad hoc basis a number of us talk briefly about something recently collected or observed or ask other members for their opinion on an issue that is puzzling us - which regiment wore that cloth badge, is this from the First or Second World War, does anyone recognise the uniform in this photograph etc..................?

Meeting are 7.30 pm on the second Tuesday of every other month from January onwards. We pay an annual membership fee of £10 payable at the last meeting of the year for the next year's membership.

WEMC membership form (Word) or WEMC membership form (pdf)

Our 2018 calendar is:

09 Jan 2018 Speaker Tony Watkinson on "Tibet 1904"
13 Mar 2018 Members Exhibition NB Exhibitors please bring the Trophies back on the night and come early to set up your display
08 May 2018 John Lowe "The Hameldown Boys", The story of the 1941 Hampden bomber crash near Widecombe and its crew
10 July 2018 Christopher Hill from Dix Noonan & Webb Auctioneers "Reuniting broken medal groups"
11 Sept 2018 Angus Stevenson-Hamilton "Subject to be agreed"
13 Nov 2018 AGM and Members Own

We meet at Clyst St George Village Hall Woodbury Rd, Exeter EX3 0RE.

If you are interested please contact:

Jon Lee-Smith
10 Drakes Avenue
Devon EX8 4AB
E-mail: j_lee-smith@sky.com
Tel: 01395 264939/Mobile: 07751 891179

How to find us

Last updated: 14th July 2018