The Service Medal was instituted in 1895, initially to recognise either distinguished service to the Order, or a period of service of 15 years. Today, with the more widespread use of Order membership to reward distinguished service, the Service Medal is only issued to recognise a period of 12 years (having been reduced from 15 years in 1990) voluntary service to the Order.
The Service Medal, which is approved for wear on the left breast alongside all other orders, decorations and medals authorised by the Crown, is unique in being the only British medal which retains the effigy of Queen Victoria on its current issue.
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Prepared by GTS (UK) Ltd: DC / DJJ
14 August 2014
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