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Medal - Meritorious Service Medal, King George V, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, circa 1918 Reg. No: NU 37128
- Great Britain
Meritorious Service Medal - King George V (2nd type, bust in Field Marshal's uniform)
Mint: Royal, London
Edge partly erased: 1897 B.S. MJR. E. [2 SPACES] E. R.N.S. AUST. F.A.
Instituted on 19 December 1845 for army warrent officers and sergeants for long and meritoriouis service (no more than 100 living recipients permitted this being controlled by the sum set aside for the annuity of 20 pounds). The award was extended to marines in 1849. In 1916 it was changed to an award 'for valuable and meritorious service' and was varied again in 1917 to being an award 'for gallant conduct in the performance of military duty otherwise than in action with the enemy, or in saving or attempting to save the life of an officer or soldiers, or for devotion to duty in a theatre of war'.
- A silver medal (36 mm diameter) with mount. The obverse features a bust of George V wearing the uniform of a Field Marshal with bare head, facing left; around, GEORGVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:; the artist's initials B.M. (Bertram MacKennal) on the truncation. The reverse has, within a crowned laurel wreath, the legend FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE. The edge has been partly erased but reads: 1897 B.S. MJR. E. [2 SPACES]E. R.N.S. AUST. F.A. .
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||36 mm (Diameter)|
|Tagged with:||meritorious service awards|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), Royal Mint, London, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint|
|Secondary Classification:||Military General Service|
|Tertiary Classification:||meritorius service|
|DateEra:||circa 1918 AD|
|Obverse Description:||Bust of George V wearing the uniform of a Field Marshal with bare head, facing left; around, GEORGVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:; the artist's initials B.M. (Bertram MacKennal) on the truncation.|
|Reverse Description:||Within a crowned laurel wreath, the legend FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE.|
|Edge Description:||1897 B.S. MJR. E. [2 SPACES]E. R.N.S. AUST. F.A.
|Inscriptions:||GEORGVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:
B.M. (Bertram MacKennal)
FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE
1897 B.S. MJR. E. [2 SPACES] E. R.N.S. AUST. F.A.
|Shape:||Round with mount|
|Issued By:||HM Queen Victoria, England, Great Britain|
|Mint:||Royal Mint, London|
|Artist:||Sir Bertram Mackennal, Australia, 1845|
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