Established in 1982 the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Ulster Defence Regiment) was awarded to full-time members of the Ulster Defence Regiment upon the completion of 15 years of efficient service, after bars were awarded for further periods of fifteen years. It was also awarded to officers provided that at least 12 of their 15 years’ service were in the ranks.
The medal is suspended from a non-swivelling, ornately designed bar with scrolled supports, the bar bears the letters, U.D.R on a textured background.
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 – Purple with central dark green stripe, 3 mm wide, and a white stripe, 3 mm wide, at either edge
Suspender - Ornate
Type – Long service medal
Eligibility – Full-time members of the Ulster Defence Regiment
Awarded for – 15 years efficient service
Established – 1982
Clasps – Bars were awarded for further periods of fifteen years
Description – Silver medal 36mm diameter. The obverse bears the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Imperial State Crown. Surrounding the effigy along the edge of the medal is the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID.DEF. The reverse bears the text ‘FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT’, in 4 lines on plain background.
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