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Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, awarded to Chief Stoker James Mitchell between 1901 & 1910

Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1901-1910

Obverse, a bust of King Edward VII facing left

Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1901-1910

Reverse, a full-rigged ship at sea in a circle of rope

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Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, 1901-1910

At King Edward VII's succession to Queen Victoria in 1901, most of the service medals then on issue were renewed with a portrait of the new monarch by George de Saulles, but with the current reverses and suspensions maintained. The Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal was no exception, as comparison with the later issues of Queen Victoria's reign will show. Conditions of issue also remained the same, to wit, twenty years' continuous service in good standing at the time of discharge from service.
This medal was awarded to Chief Stoker James Mitchell, of the torpedo gunboat HMS Jason. Lester Watson acquired it in or around the year 1928.