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Militia Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: CM.1313-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: Edward VII (1901-10)
State: United Kingdom
Ruler: Edwardvs VII rex imperator (With the title of)




The United Kingdom has seen various organisations which have enjoyed the name of `militia', but after the Bill of Rights of 1689 made the maintenance of a standing army illegal, it was usual for such groups to be in some way part of the regular army's structure. From the mid-19th century onwards, this usually meant that such units were considered `extra' battalions of regular regiments. Men could amass a long period of service in the Militia in this way, and this was recognised by King Edward VII's institution of the Militia Long Service Medal in 1904. In 1908, however, the reserve forces of Britain were reorganised and most of the Militia was subsumed into the new Territorial Force, which went on to become today's Territorial Army, the remainder, largely units based in Ireland, becoming the Special Reserve.
The Militia Long Service award was given to NCOs and men of "irreproachable character and conduct" who had amassed 18 years' service (not necessarily continuous) and attended at least 15 trainings.
This medal was awarded to Corporal J. McNamara of the 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers. Lester Watson purchased it from the London dealers Seaby in 1927.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Seaby 1927

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 31.8 mm
Weight: 31.83 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1904 - 1908

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Edward facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription below marginal legend "MILITIA"

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1313-2009
Primary reference Number: 141407
Watson Catalogue: 217
Ordering: M-0196
Previous object number: LW.0196
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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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