Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal

Era: 1909 - 1930

Created by Royal Warrant in 1909 the Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal (also known as the Permanent Overseas Forces Long Service and Good Conduct Medal) was a long service and good conduct medal, instituted for award to other ranks of the Permanent Forces of the Dominions and Colonies of the British Empire. The medal was a single common award to supersede the several local versions of the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which were being awarded by the various territories.

The Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal could be awarded to warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men who had completed eighteen years of irreproachable service in the ranks of a Permanent Force of any of the Dominions and Colonies of the British Empire. The medal was unique to the Empire "beyond the seas" and could not be awarded for long service in the Permanent Force in the United Kingdom, where the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal continued to be awarded.

The Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal and the United Kingdom's Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal were both superseded on 23rd September 1930, when a new Royal Warrant was promulgated by King George V to establish a single Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military) for the British Army and all regular and permanent military forces of the British Empire.

Description:

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 – Crimson ribbon with a narrow central white stripe. (1909-1916), or crimson, with a dark blue centre stripe and a narrow white stripe on each side of the centre stripe

Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal ribbon (post 1916)
Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal ribbon (post 1916)

Suspender - Straight

Type – Military long service medal

Eligibility – Permanent Force Other Ranks of the Dominions and Colonies

Awarded for – 18 years’ service and good conduct

Established – 1910

Description – Silver medal 36mm diameter. The obverse of the first version of the Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal has a raised rim and depicts the effigy of King Edward VII in the uniform of a Field Marshal, facing left. It is inscribed "EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR" around the perimeter. The second version of the medal was instituted after the coronation of King George V on 22 June 1911 and depicts his effigy in the uniform of a Field Marshal, facing left. It is inscribed "GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:" around the perimeter.

The reverse is smooth with a raised rim. Around the perimeter, between the circumferences of two concentric circles, it bears the inscription ‘PERMANENT FORCES OF THE EMPIRE BEYOND THE SEAS’ and, in the centre ‘FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT’ in four lines.

 

Sources:

Bigbury Mint

< gov.uk/medals-campaigns-descriptions-and-eligibility>

Some of the material on this page was also partially derived from

<en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permanent_Forces_of_the_Empire_Beyond_the_Seas_Medal>

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