Authorized by King Edward VII under Army Order No. 211 of 1904, the Imperial Yeomanry Long Service Medal was a long service medal awarded by the United Kingdom.
The county Yeomanry force of part-time, volunteer cavalry was designated ‘Imperial Yeomanry’ in the 1900 Boer War. The medal was awarded for 10 years’ service on, or after 9th November 1904 within the Imperial Yeomanry, attending 10 annual training camps and were of good character and conduct.
The medal became obsolete when in 1908; the Imperial Yeomanry along with the Volunteer Force were transferred to the newly created Territorial Force. The medal was superseded by the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.
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 – Plain Yellow
Suspender - Straight
Type – Long service and good conduct medal
Eligibility – Members of the Imperial Yeomanry serving on or after 9 November 1904
Awarded for – Awarded for 10 years’ service attending 10 annual camps and were of good character and conduct.
Established – 1904
Total awarded - 1,674
Description – Silver oval medal, height 38mm, max width 31mm. The obverse depicts the bust of King Edward VII in uniform facing left. Around the top edge is the legend, ‘EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR.’ The reverse bears the words ‘IMPERIAL YEOMANRY FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT’ in four lines across the middle.
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