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Volunteer Long Service Medal: CM.1306-2009

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Current Location: In storage


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




With the award of medals for long service in the regular Army well-established, a slow process of the creation of parallel awards in the various dependent forces began. Among these was the Volunteer Force, the precursor of the modern Territorial Army. Its Long Service award was created in 1894, and recognised 20 years' consecutive service by a Volunteer of any rank, as long as he had still been serving at the beginning of 1893.
The portrait of Victoria on the medal's obverse was changed at the succession of King Edward VII, but otherwise the medal was unaltered until the Volunteer Force was disbanded in 1908, at which point the medal was awarded to any Volunteers who did not wish to transfer to the new Territorial Force, but had nonetheless accumulated 16 or more years of service. These were the final issues.
This medal was awarded to Colour Sergeant R. Bransom of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, though the exact date of its issue is not known. Lester Watson purchased the medal at some point before 1928.


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: 36.5 mm
Weight: 34.89 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1894 - 1908

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left with veil

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription on scrolled banner with wreath behind

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1306-2009
Primary reference Number: 141400
Watson Catalogue: 209
Ordering: M-0189
Previous object number: LW.0189
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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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