Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Era: 1919 - 2000

Instituted in 1919 the Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal are similar to that of the Royal Navy Reserve and Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve Long Service Good Conduct medal. The only difference being that the medal ribbon is suspended from a simple ring, not a bar. The medal was awarded for fifteen years’ service in the Fleet Reserve, with conduct assessed as ‘Very Good’. Service in the Royal Navy counted, so long as the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal had not been awarded.

This medal was discontinued in the year 2000.

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 – Blue bordered with thin red stripes and white edges

Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal ribbon
Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal ribbon

Suspender - Ring

Type – Military long service medal

Eligibility – Petty Officers and ratings of the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve, Royal Fleet Reserve, Royal Naval Wireless Auxiliary Reserve.

Awarded for – 15 or 12 years’ service

Post nominals - None

Naming – Early issues in large serif capitals, the rest generally had smaller neat sans-serif capitals

Description – 36mm Diameter.  The obverse bears the effigy of the reigning sovereign of the period, with Edward VII and George V in the uniform of the Admiral of the Fleet and later monarchs' effigies are the coinage type profiles. The medal reverse shows the battleship HMS Dreadnought with the motto ‘DIUTERNE FIDELIS’ ("Faithful Over Time" or "For long and faithful service") at the foot.

 

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Sources:

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

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