The Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was created in 1903 and it was identical to the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct medal equivalent, but the letters ‘RNASBR’ appear after the recipient’s name.
The Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve was created in 1903, members being recruited from the St John Ambulance Brigade that would provide medical orderlies and attendants on ships during times of war.
To be awarded this medal the recipient would have to serve the qualification time of fifteen years’ service, though the medal was disbanded in 1949.
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 green, or Green with white central stripe and white edges
Suspender – Straight
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 years’ service
Post nominals - None
Naming – Early issues in large serif capitals, the rest generally small neat sans-serif capitals
Clasps – Award of a bar for those of the RNR, RNVR, RNASBR, who completed a second qualifying period of service, and in 1942 a rosette was authorised to denote the award of a bar when the ribbon alone was worn
Description – 36mm Diameter. Identical to the Royal Naval Reserve equivalent, but the letters ‘RNASBR’ appear after the recipient’s name. 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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