George V (1910-36); ruler
United Kingdom; state
Georgius Rex Imperator; ruler; with the title of
Lester Watson Collection
Distinguished Service Cross; denomination
Royal Navy; subsubsubseries
The Distinguished Service Cross replaced the Conspicuous Service Cross of 1901 in 1914, and recognised gallant or distinguished conduct by officers of the Royal Navy against the enemy at sea. Other ranks were to be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. The eligibility for the DSC has been progressively widened, in 1940 to officers of the other services fighting at sea, and since 1993 to all ranks. It is still on current issue.
This example bears a hallmark of 1914, suggesting that the unnamed and unknown recipient earnt it for an act of bravery in the first months of the Great War. It was purchased by Lester Watson from the London dealers Baldwin in 1927.
London, mint, place
weight, 37.70, g
diameter, 42.2, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin 1927
design; obverse; GRI; Crowned royal monogram in circle
design; reverse; Issue mark at end of lower limb
Watson Catalogue; 87
Mackay, James. Mussell, J.W.. 2001. Medal Yearbook 2001.Honiton: Token Publishingp. 32
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Distinguished Service Cross (British Navy), hallmarked 1914: unnamed
Object Number: LW.0080
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141291; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2008-12-23)