Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Era: 1908 - 1999

Established in 1909 the Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was the Long service Medal of the Royal Navy. The Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal was awarded for fifteen years’ service, with war service counting double for service and with bars for additional 15 year periods. It was awarded to Petty Officers and ratings of the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve, Royal Fleet Reserve, and Royal Naval Wireless Auxiliary Reserve.

The medal was discontinued on 1st April 1999, being replaced by the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal.

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 – Dark green, or plain green, with white edges and central white stripe (1st type) or five equal stripes of blue, white, green, white and blue. The ribbons of the forces varied over time and by force. In 1957, the Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve were merged as the Royal Naval Reserve, and assumed a common ribbon.

Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 1st Type ribbon (1908-1941)
Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 1st Type ribbon (1908-1941)
Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 2nd Type Ribbon (1941-1957)
Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 2nd Type Ribbon (1941-1957)
Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 3rd Type ribbon (1957-1999)
Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 3rd Type ribbon (1957-1999)

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 or 12 years’ service

Established – 1908

Post nominals - None

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

Clasps / Bar – for 15 or 12 years’ service

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:

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