Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve


The Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve, commonly known as the Reserve Decoration (RD), was a medal awarded to officers with at least fifteen years' service in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) of the United Kingdom. The medal was instituted in 1908.[2]

Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve (Reserve Decoration)
King George VI version, 1937-47
TypeLong service medal
Awarded forAt least fifteen years of active service
Presented bythe United Kingdom Royal Navy Reserve
EligibilityOfficers of the Royal Navy Reserve
Post-nominalsR.D.
StatusSuperseded by the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal
Established1908
Last awarded1999
Ribbon bar from 1941
Precedence
Next (higher)Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal[1]
EquivalentTerritorial Decoration
Efficiency Decoration
Air Efficiency Award
Next (lower)Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve[1]

Design and eligibility


The medal consists of the cypher of the reigning monarch in silver gilt surrounded by a oval silver cable tied with a reef knot at the base and surmounted by a gilt crown. The reverse is plain, with later issues often engraved with the year of award.[3] The ribbon, suspended from a ring, was dark green until October 1941, and green edged white thereafter.[2]

To qualify, fifteen years' service was required (not counting service as a midshipman), with wartime service counting double. Clasps to the Reserve Decoration were awarded to recognise further periods of 15 years' service after the first award.[3] When just the ribbon of the Decoration was worn, each clasp was indicated by a silver 'rosette' on the ribbon.

The Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration was of the same design as the Reserve Decoration but was distinguished, from 1919, by a different ribbon. In 1966 the Royal Naval Reserve (drawn from the Merchant Navy) and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (civilian volunteers) were merged. Thereafter awards of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration were discontinued, with all reserve Royal Naval officers eligible for the Reserve Decoration.[4]

The Reserve Decoration and the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for RNR ratings were both replaced by a combined-services Volunteer Reserves Service Medal on 1 April 1999.[5]

References


  1. "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3353.
  2. Captain H. Taprell Dorling. Ribbons and Medals. pp. 123-124. A.H.Baldwin & Sons, London. 1956.
  3. John Mussell (ed). Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 227. Published by Token Publishing Ltd. Honiton, Devon. ISBN 9781908828163.
  4. John Mussell (ed). Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 228. Published by Token Publishing Ltd. Honiton, Devon. ISBN 9781908828163.
  5. "Medals: campaigns, descriptions and eligibility: Volunteer Reserves Service Medal". GOV.UK. Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 18 October 2020.