medal was first instituted by William IV in 1830 with the
first issue being somewhat smaller than later types with a
ring suspender, The original issue also had a flaw in
the die used which resulted in a ridge of metal on the reverse
of the medal between the E and R of 'SERVICE' and wavy line
from NG of 'LONG' to the T of 'CONDUCT'.
issues bear the head of young Queen Victoria and the
inscription 'VICTORIA REGINA'. The reverse has HMS
Victory and the inscription 'FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD
CONDUCT' around the edge outside a knotted rope. Early
Victorian issues had a wide suspender (WS) to take a
1.50" ribbon while later issues had the more common
1.25" wide suspenders. It is believed that the WS
was still being used up to 1875 despite many issued having the
narrower type. Generally speaking those with the WS had
a slightly different reverse with a larger flag at the
masthead while those with the narrower suspender had a more
Victorian issues bear the heads of Edward VII, George V and
George VI with both swivelling and fixed suspenders.
Those of Elizabeth II issue reverted back to swivelling
suspenders in 1955. The reverse on all issues have
remained the same with a slight variation with Victorian
issues as outlined above.
bar is authorised for second awards.
blue with white edges and 1.25" wide on most issues.
Early ribbons were of 1.50" in width.
with the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal naming
varies. Many are engraved while others are impressed.
Some medals are named with the number of years service
completed by the recipient but this seems to have stopped
around 1875. Block capitals with blackened letters or
tall serif capitals are encountered along with engraved
variations of the reverse may be encountered as the dies had
to be re-cut from time to time as they wore out.