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Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, awarded to Capt. Fore Top Aaron Carter, 1839

Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1839

Obverse, an anchor with oak-leaves around and a crown above

Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1839

Reverse, engraving in border with inscription around

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Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1839

A Naval Long Service Medal was instituted by King William IV in 1831, the year after that for the Army; when Queen Victoria succeeded this issue was for a while continued, before alterations were made in 1848. To earn it a sailor had to have twenty years' service to his credit, although some had amassed rather more by the time of their discharge.
This medal was awarded to Captain Fore Top Aaron Carter, of the first-rate battleship HMS Britannia, and he had served for 22 years. Lester Watson acquired his medal at some point before 1928.