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The RD was established in 1908, as a long service award for RNR officers. Original requirement was 15 years service, discounting service as a midshipman.
An oval silver gilt medallion formed by the Royal Cypher GRI and surrounded by a loop of cable tied at the bottom in a reef knot and surmounted by a gilt crown. The dark green ribbon is 38mm wide. On the reverse of the reef knot is engraved the year of the award, in this case 1939.
For those enquiring about a clasp to the Royal Naval reserve officers Decoration, BR62 Royal Naval Reserve Regulations (1954 Edition) Article 0410.5 states:
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