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Royal Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: CM.1305-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, William
Mint: London
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
State: United Kingdom
Ruler: Victoria regina (With the title of)




A Naval Long Service Medal was instituted by King William IV in 1831, the year after that for the Army; when Queen Victoria succeeded that issue was for a while continued, but the medal was updated, with new designs by William Wyon, in 1848. To earn it a sailor had to have twenty years' service to his credit, although some had amassed rather more by the time of their discharge.
This medal was not in the earliest batch struck in 1848, which bore that date in the exergue. It does however have the broad suspender of the early issues, which was later replaced.
This medal was awarded to Private John Lea of the Plymouth Division of the Royal Marines, for 21 years' service. He received a gratuity of 5 pounds from the Queen. Lester Watson acquired his medal at some point before 1928.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.4 mm
Weight: 34.95 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1841 - 1874

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Full-rigged ship at sea in circle of rope

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1305-2009
Primary reference Number: 141399
Watson Catalogue: 208
Ordering: M-0188
Previous object number: LW.0188
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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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