Volunteer Long Service Medal

Volunteer Long Service Medal (1895-1930, British Issues)

Awards were granted to non-commissioned officers and men between 1895 and 1930, for a minimum of 20 years’ service. Commissioned officers were also eligible for the award on account of their non-commissioned service. The medal, as awarded to non-commissioned officers and men, was superseded by the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in 1908, but continued to be awarded to some units until 1930. Commissioned officers could become eligible for award of the Volunteer Decoration and the Territorial Decoration, dependent on further long service.

These awards were published in Army Orders, or in HMSO publications, ‘Issues With’ Army Orders.

Three medal issue types exist, namely Queen Victoria (issued unnamed, but also found named), Edward VII (named) and George V (named).

It is of note that some Queen Victoria medals were issued up to the Army Order of July, 1902, and some Edward VII medals were issued up to the Army Order of April, 1911, post-dating the deaths of these monarchs.

The ribbon is dark green, although in 1906 Honourable Artillery Company members were granted a ribbon which is half scarlet, half dark blue with yellow stripes to the borders.

More than 45,000 Volunteer Long Service Medals (British issues) were granted and are covered in our database.

Colonial medal issues, authorised in June 1898, are not covered in this roll.

This online database allowing searchable access to the recipients of these awards is UNIQUE and only available via The Military Archive.

For notes on the contents and construction of our database, please see ‘Compiler's Notes’ and 'Sample Records'