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  • #35355

    megan
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    Today it is freezing cold in Cheshire, but after digging my car out of the snow to go to church I came home to the delights of the Army Meritorious Service Medal… a specimen of which rests in a box beside me having been awarded to my maternal grandfather at the end of World War 1. It’s quite complex with every monarch since its establishment having more than one obverse (apart from Edward VII), and having 3 different ribbons. It began with a plain crimson one. White edges were added in 1916 and a white central stripe in August 1917.

    Next time we’ll begin with the Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, which started off with a distinctive ribbon of its own but has ended up with the standard MSM ribbon. You’ll see what I mean when I post some images. Then it’s the fun, if messy, array of Colonial MSMs.

    #35432

    megan
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    OK, added the Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, and had just about finished sorting out images for the Colonial Meritorious Service Medals when dearly beloved came down muttering about food… so hopefully they’ll go up quite quickly next time 🙂

    #35511

    megan
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    Happy Easter!

    So much for quick, adding 24 different variations of the Colonial Meritorious Service Medal took all afternoon. It being a fairly rare beast, I couldn’t find all 24 variations so if anyone can help out with an image they’d like to share I’d be delighted.

    #35522

    megan
    Moderator

    Today I added 2 different Indian Meritorious Service Medals – the first dating from 1848 and awarded by the Honourable East India Company to British NCOs serving in their army and, post 1857, the British Army of India until 1873 when they got the standard Army medal instead; and the second dating from 1888 and awarded to Indian NCOs. I also added the African Police Medal for Meritorious Service, a rare beast and I could only find one of the 3 versions.

    Next time the Union of South Africa Meritorious Service Medal then on to the delights of the long service medals awarded to servants in the Royal Household!

    #35545

    megan
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    As promised, today I added the Union of South Africa Meritorious Service Medal – with only 46 awarded it’s no surprise I had difficulty finding images – and the Royal Household Faithful Service Medals. These have been awarded by sovereigns since Queen Victoria (apart from Edward VII who didn’t hand any out) to their own personal household servants – cooks and chambermaids and the like.

    Next time, on to military long service medals beginning with those of the Royal Navy.

    #35564

    megan
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    The weather has suddenly turned glorious in the UK (think it forgot spring and went straight to summer!) but I’ve slunk indoors to add the Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in (almost) all of its variations. Naval Reservists next!

    #35597

    megan
    Moderator

    The weather’s gone back to grey and chilly again, but today I have added the Royal Naval Reserve Decoration and the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal – both rewarding long and faithful service in the Royal Naval Reserve, one for officers and one for everyone else. Oddly, reservist officers (of all branches of service) get long service awards whilst their full-time colleagues do not!

    Maybe next time I’ll continue with an array of lesser-known bits of the Royal Navy reserves, who all had their own variations on these two medals. Or I may be distracted by some American medals from our friend el_jefe, or a dizzying array of South African medals from a contributor to my website (but why shouldn’t you lot get to enjoy them here too?) – once I’ve sorted out these goodies.

    #35637

    megan
    Moderator

    It’s gloriously sunny today (and tomorrow is a public holiday!), and I have added the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration and Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

    In case you are wondering, the Royal Naval Reserve consisted of Merchant Navy personnel who wished to do reserve service while the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was formed of people from all walks of life who wanted to serve in the Navy part-time. In 1966 the two were amalgamated, taking the title Royal Naval Reserve, and henceforth issuing the RNR awards to all personnel (at least until the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal was instituted in 1999 for all ranks in all three services of the part-time military.

    #35652

    megan
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    Today I have added the Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Like all the other Royal Navy reservist medals, the design is identical: sovereign on the obverse and a battleship (HMS Dreadnaught) at sea with the inscription DIUTURNE FIDELIS below on the reverse. Apart from the ribbons (and the Royal Fleet Reserve one having a ring suspension instead of a bar suspender) the only way you can distinguish between them is by looking at the naming on the edge to see precisely which bit of the reserves the recipient was in!

    #35672

    megan
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    Today saw the addition of the Royal Naval Voluntary (Wireless) Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. These were short-lived specialist units drawing on expertise in civilian life and a willingness to serve at need.

    #35704

    megan
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    Away from the sea at last (almost) with the incredibly complex series of long service medals for the Coastguards. A lot of them talk about Rocket Life Saving Apparatus, a decidedly odd idea for saving life which involved someone on shore firing a rocket trailing a line towards those in difficulty at sea!

    Unfortunately most of the variation is in the reverse views, and I wasn’t able to find many of those…

    #35708

    megan
    Moderator

    Found some more Coastguard medal images that showed the reverse, thanks to the good offices of Dix Noonan Webb!

    Now I have begun the complicated beastie that is the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, the first non-campaign medal issued by Britain. This will take a while to piece together, it has many variations. More next time!

    #35724

    megan
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    Still wading through the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. I’ve reached 1930, that’s when it starts getting hairy with overseas versions as well as the REGULAR ARMY one for UK citizens, and of course the usual succession of monarchs and variations in the precise details of each medal’s inscriptions!

    #35766

    megan
    Moderator

    Guess what? I’m still trying to sort out the myriad variations of the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (Military) – which is what they call the post-1930 version – and trying to find images which is proving remarkably hard!

    But I did find some of the Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal pre-1930 that I missed before so have added them in.

    Next time I think I’ll put up a ‘framework’ for this beast, then add images as I find them, else I’ll never get to move on to the rich tapestry of Volunteer medals!

    #35779

    megan
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    At last… the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Military) is done, at least, as far as I can find images. On to the myriad volunteer long service awards… and they are legion!

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