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Distinguished Service Order: CM.1198-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: George V (1910-36)
State: United Kingdom
Ruler: GvR (With the title of)




The Distinguished Service Order was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1886, to reward individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war, usually under fire--resentment among front-line troops over awards to staff officers during the Great War led this to be made official policy in 1917. Until 1943 only those mentioned in despatches were eligible. The medal is still awarded for outstanding military command or leadership.
Precise dating of this example is difficult, beyond the fact that it is an issue of the reign of George V, and that it was in the Watson Collection by 1928. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before the making of his catalogue that year.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 40.4 mm
Weight: 34.47 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


1910 - 1928

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Laurel wreath around crown, all enamelled green gilt and red, arms of cross enamelled white

  • Text: GvR
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Laurel wreath around royal monogram, all enamelled green gilt & red, arms of cross enamelled white

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1198-2009
Primary reference Number: 141292
Watson Catalogue: 89
Ordering: M-0081
Previous object number: LW.0081
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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