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Royal Naval Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: CM.1316-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: George V (1910-36)
State: United Kingdom
Ruler: Georgivs V Britt: omn: rex et Ind: imp: (With the title of)




The Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was instituted in 1903, and in 1909 provision was made for the award of a Long Service Medal to its members. 12 years' `efficient' service, including service in the Volunteer or Territorial Forces of the Army or service from the age of 17 in a Cadet Corps would qualify one for the award. Various other auxiliary branches that had been reshuffled in the changes made to the Reserve Forces in Edward VII's reign also counted towards this total.
The medal used for this award was exactly the same, including in ribbon, as a contemporary award for Long Service in the Royal Naval Reserve, the RNVR's professional counterpart. As the awards were sanctioned in 1909, and Edward VII died in 1910, very few medals were issued with his portrait. From 1910 the medal bore a portrait of King George V by Richard Garbe, and it is one of this issue that belongs to the Watson Collection.
This medal was awarded to Stoker J. Whelan, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Lester Watson purchased it 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: 36.4 mm
Weight: 35.66 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1910 - 1935

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of George facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Dreadnought at sea below cloudy sky

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1316-2009
Primary reference Number: 141410
Watson Catalogue: 220
Ordering: M-0199
Previous object number: LW.0199
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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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