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New Zealand Long Service and Good Conduct Medals - The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal

Obverse View

The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal obverse view

Reverse View

The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal reverse view

About the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal

The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal was awarded between 1898 and 2013. This medal was originally instituted by British Royal Warrant on 28 April 1898 for award to Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the Army. A New Zealand Royal Warrant was authorised in 1985 and the award was extended to include Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Between 1985 and October 2013, the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal was awarded for meritorious service of twenty-one years or more and recipients must have already held a long service and good conduct medal. The number of personnel holding the award was restricted to ten serving members of the Navy, twenty serving Army personnel and fifteen serving Air Force personnel at any one time.

Nearly all recipients of this medal have been of the rank of Sergeant or above. However, in the early 20th Century some awards were made to lower ranks. The last Royal Warrant (1985) specified that only those with the substantive rank of Sergeant or Petty Officer and above could be considered for award of the medal.

The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal ceased to be awarded on 15 October 2013, when the New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) was instituted.

The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal continues to be officially recognised and can still be worn by recipients.

About the ribbon

The ribbon is crimson with a narrow central stripe of green. It is 32mm wide.

Royal Warrant

The 1985 Royal Warrant for the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal can be viewed here.

Medal Regulations

Administration instructions were included in the Royal Warrant.

Clasps and Bars

There are no clasps or bars for this medal.

Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

No Post Nominal

The award of the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal does not confer a right to use a post nominal.

Further Information and List of Recipients 1895-1994 (with details on why they were awarded the medal)

See H.E. Chamberlain's very thorough book Service Lives Remembered: The Meritorious Service Medal in New Zealand and its recipients 1895-1994 (published in Wellington in 1995) for further information on the medal, the list of recipients 1895-1994 and details on why they were awarded the medal.