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Meritorious Service Medal: CM.1324-2009

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Current Location: In storage


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




Awards for Meritorious Service were instituted in the Royal Army in 1845, entitling the recipient to a medal and an annuity of £20. This was paid from a fixed fund, so that once it had been allocated no further awards could be made unless a recipient died or the fund was increased (it was doubled in 1853).
The very earliest issues of the medal bore a date either on the edge or below the bust, but after 1848 this practice ceased. This medal was therefore issued at some point between 1849 and 1901, when the death of Queen Victoria necessitated a change of the original Wyon portrait on the obverse.
It was awarded to Regimental Sergeant Major R. Knight of the 12th Lancers. Lester Watson acquired it 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: 36.2 mm
Weight: 34.18 g

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

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


1846 - 1860

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription in centre, crown above and laurel wreath around

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1324-2009
Primary reference Number: 141418
Watson Catalogue: 230
Ordering: M-0207
Previous object number: LW.0207
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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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