Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, awarded to AB George Kelsey between 1874 & 1901Image["Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1874-1901"]
Obverse, a bust of Queen Victoria facing leftImage["Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1874-1901"]
Reverse, a full-rigged ship at sea in a circle of rope
Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1874-1901
A Naval Long Service Medal was instituted by King William IV in 1831, the year after
that for the Army; when Queen Victoria succeeded
that issue was for a while continued, but the medal was updated, with
new designs by William Wyon, 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.
Later issues of this medal are distinguished by their narrower suspension and ribbon; compare this to the 1848 issue, whose ribbon is wider than the medal.
This medal was awarded to Able Bodied Seaman George Kelsey, who served aboard the Royal Yacht Victoria & Albert II. Lester Watson acquired the medal at some point before 1928.