Established by Royal Warrant 8th July 1986, the Hong Kong Disciplined Services Medal was a long service medal awarded to members of the Hong Kong Disciplined Services in British Hong Kong. The award was intended to replace the awarding of the Imperials Service Medal.
The medal would be awarded after 18 years continuous service to all ranks of the Hong Kong Custom and Excise Service and Hong Kong Immigration Service. This service must have been of an exemplary character, and the recipient must have been recommended by the officer in charge of his service.
No other long service medal to customs officers had been awarded in the British system.
Materials: The majority of the British medals and clasps are made of solid silver, though some were issue in bronze versions, mainly to Indian non-combatants. The majority of the British campaign awards are circular, usually 36mm in diameter.
Ribbons: Medals are worn suspended from their own specific ribbons. These were first made of silk but cotton was increasingly used as the nineteenth century developed. Their own colours often have a symbolic significance: the equal stripes of the ‘1939 to 1945 Star,’ for example, are dark blue to represent the service of the Royal and Merchant Navies, red, to represent that of the Armies and light blue to represent that of Air Forces.
Ribbon width can vary slightly though it is generally 32mm wide.
Ribbon – Green bordered by vertical stripes of dark blue with a strip of sky blue at each side
Suspender - Ring
Type – Long service medal
Eligibility – Members of the Hong Kong Disciplined Services
Awarded for – Not less than 18 years of service in the Hong Kong Custom and Excise Service and Hong Kong Immigration Service
Established – 1986
Naming – The name and rank of the recipient is engraved on the edge of the medal
Total Awarded – Approx. 1,739 awarded between 1987 and the return of Hong Kong to China on June 30th 1997.
Clasps / Bars – Upon completion of 25 years of exemplary qualifying service a clasp may be awarded, with a second clasp being awarded for thirty years of qualifying service. When worn as a ribbon only the clasps are represented by a silver rose emblem.
Description – Silver medal, 36mm diameter. The medal obverse depicts the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, while the reverse bears the Armorial Bearings of Hong Kong, flanked by laurel branches. Around the edge are the words ‘FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT’ in relief.
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