William Medal (Hanoverian Army Long Service & Good Conduct), issued 1837
Obverse, a bust of King William IV facing right
Reverse, legend in circle
William Medal (Hanoverian Army Long Service & Good Conduct), 1837
The long-standing tradition of medals for long and virtuous service in Britain's armed forces began with King William IV, also Elector of the state of Hanover. While his British troops' service was recognised with a medal from 1830 onwards, those serving under the Crown of Hanover had their award instituted in 1837. This silver medal was issued to non-commissioned officers, who to qualify had to have served in good standing for 16 years, although a year in war service counted double.
The small size of this medal compared to its British counterpart is an illustration of the unusual size of British medals compared to that favoured on the Continent. This example bears no name, and its recipient is unknown. Lester Watson acquired it at some point before 1928.