The obverse of this medal bears the effigy of the reigning
monarch while the reverse has the inscription 'FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE'
within a wreath and surmounted by a crown. The suspender is of the
scroll type with an ornate claw mount.
Authorised for subsequent awards.
Dark blue with white edges and a central white stripe.
In 1977 the ribbon was changed to that of the Army Meritorious Service
Awarded to petty officers and ratings of the Royal Navy
for acts of gallantry not in the face of the enemy or meritorious
service on ship or shore in action with the enemy. In 1928 this
medal was replaced by the British Empire Medal for both gallantry
and meritorious service but was re-instated in 1977.
this medal is awarded to senior petty officers of the Royal Navy
and warrant officers and NCOs of the Royal Marines who already hold
a long service medal and have completed 27 years service with three
good conduct badges.