The primary purpose of the Naval Reserve is to have a large number
of trained personnel ready to be called upon in times of war (or
other emergency) that may necessitate the expansion of the Royal
Royal Naval Reserve.
Composed of Merchant Navy seaman. The RNR LSGC medal was awarded for 15
years service provided the required training had also been
Mobilized war service counted double.
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Civilian volunteers. The medal awarded for 12 years service,
with wartime service counting double.
Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve
Manned by volunteers of the St John Ambulance Brigade. The RNASBR
was initially formed to maintain an acceptable ratio of medically
trained personnel to seaman which would be needed in wartime. The
medal was awarded for 12 years service with war service
The RNASBR were disbanded 1949
Ratings in the RNASBR
J.R.A = Junior Reserve Attendant.
S.R.A. = Senior Reserve Attendant.
2. S.B.S. 2nd Class Sick Berth Steward
S.B.S. = Sick Berth Steward
R. WDMR = Reserve Wardmaster (equal to CPO)
Royal Naval Volunteer (Wireless) Reserve
Created to augment the RNVR Telegraphist branch and manned by
'enthusiastic radio amateurs'. Awarded for 12 years service, with
war time service counting double. 211 medals were issued, this medal
is also found to officers.
Royal Fleet Reserve
Composed of men who had served full time with the Royal
Navy or Royal Marines. Enlistment rules changed over time but
generally a man joined the Royal Navy for a specific number of years
followed by a number of years in the Royal Fleet Reserve
N During his time in the RFR he carried on with his
civilian occupation unless he was required by the Navy, such as in
wartime. The Navy reserve Act 1900 initially created two classes of
Class A reservist - men under 45 in receipt of a life pension
and who possessed a specific skill such as Seaman Gunner, Signallers
Class B reservist - men who had served 12 years in the Navy or a
minimum of 4 years and purchased their discharge.
Class C reservist ( new class introduced in 1903 ) - seamen ratings
who entered for 7 years in the RN followed by 5 years RFR or in the
case of stokers, 5 years RN followed by 7 years RFR. These men can
be identified by the SS prefix to their service numbers (SS = Short
The Medal itself was awarded for 15 years aggregate service. The
original rules for the medal made it impossible for a bar to be
awarded, hence the ball and ring design was adopted.