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Meritorious Service Medal: CM.1326-2009

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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)
Mint: Calcutta




The creation of the Royal Air Force in 1918 by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service necessitated the creation of new awards for the new service. For meritorious service the design of the Army's parallel award was adopted unchanged but with a new ribbon and suspender. The issue of this medal in the RAF was discontinued in 1928 in favour of awards of the British Empire Medal, but was resumed in 1977; it is still on current issue.
This medal was awarded to Air Mechanic 3rd Class S. Prince of the Royal Air Force. The lack of a specified unit suggests that this award was made early in the Force's history, probably for action in the Great War of 1914-1918. Lester Watson acquired the 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: 36.5 mm
Weight: 36.01 g

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

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


1918 - 1928

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of George 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.1326-2009
Primary reference Number: 141420
Watson Catalogue: 232
Ordering: M-0209
Previous object number: LW.0209
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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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