Jan 092014

Sultan of Muscat Commendation

Maj TF Taylor

Sultan of Oman’s Distinguished Medal for Gallantry 

Capt SDG McKinley

Sultan of Muscat’s Distinguished Service Medal

Capt CRM Kemball

The Sultan of Oman’s Distinguished Service Medal

Maj RP Montgomery

The Order of Mahkota Brunei (3rd Class)

WO1 M Brown

Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal 

Cpl EJ Smith

Royal Victorian Medal

The Royal Victorian Medal (RVM) is a decoration established by Queen Victoria in April 1896. On 14 May 1912, King George V further confirmed the institution of the medal with an additional royal warrant. A part of the Royal Victorian Order, it is a reward for personal service to the Sovereign or the royal family, and is the personal gift of the sovereign. Although the Medal is related to the Royal Victorian Order, it differs in appearance and in the way it is worn.

The medal has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold (silver gilt). Bars may be awarded to each level of Medal to denote subsequent awards. Recipients may continue to wear their original medal if they are awarded a higher level for further service. The medal may also be worn in addition to the badge of the Royal Victorian Order if this is later given to them

Former Bugle Major John Powell RVM (Silver)

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In creating the Royal Victorian Order in 1896, Queen Victoria decided to make a medal a part of the order as well. This medal would be used to reward those who had rendered faithful service to the monarch and the royal family, but were not eligible to be appointed to any orders due to their position or class. This creation followed the precedent of other European monarchs who had royal household medals with which to reward servants. The first medals were received 7th July 1896 and were presented to Russians by the Duke of Connaught while he was in Russia for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.

The medal has been historically used to recognize the service of policemen who work in protective services, gardeners, housekeepers, drivers, valets and other similar type staff. Non-commissioned members of the military may also be awarded the medal for services. The medal is often awarded for service to the monarch and royal family during royal visits. The medal may be looked upon as a long service medal, but the service must be of a meritorious character to warrant its award.

Originally ranked near the end,the medal now ranks ahead of campaign, jubilee, efficiency, and long service medals in the United Kingdom Order of Wear.This gradual increase in importance was marked by the July 1980 approval, by the Queen, to allow the use of the post-nominal RVM by recipients of the medal.


 The late Bugle Major John Powell on the left

Order of the Keys Ceremony

Sourced from Wikipedia and the RGJRA  http://www.rgjassociation.info

original source from www.thegazette.co.uk