Army Long Service & Good Conduct awards 1831-1979

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This collection comprises of the recipients of the Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal and it’s later incarnation the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military).

The conditions for the award of this medal were twofold. Firstly the soldier needed to have 18 years of service, although this figure was originally higher at 21 years. In 1977 this was reduced to 15 years. The second prerequisite – the good conduct aspect of the medal was dependent on the man receiving a recommendation from their commanding officer, as well as their service record passing a detailed check. Minor offences such as having a dirty weapon or losing your ID card, even shortly after joining, could prevent the award of this medal fifteen years later.

There are many highly decorated soldiers who despite their long service never qualified for this award.

The Ribbon for this award was plain Crimson until 1917 when white stripes were added to the edges.

More detailed information on the Post-1930 medal can be found here.


Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Surname
  • First name or initials
  • Service Number
  • Gallantry Awards
  • Regiment or Corps
  • Date of Award of LS.G.C. Medal
  • Remarks about the medal such any reissuing or forfeiture of the medal.

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: National Archives reference WO 102 series.

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