Fire Brigade Long Service Medal

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Fire Brigade Long Service Medal

Added by Linda Payne from Luton.

A National Fire Brigade Long Service Medal awarded to my Great Great Grandfather who was a member of the Bedfordshire Fire Service.

There are three bands on the maroon ribbon, one representing ten years service and two others representing five years service each.

The medal is inscribed with his service number - 2353.

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  • 1. At 08:21 on 23 June 2011, stopfour wrote:

    Linda, this medal was issued by the National Fire brigades Association, now The British Fire services Association. It was the central source for fire brigades to purchase long service medals prior to the introduction of the current long service medal instituted in 1954. The number you mention is not his service number but the medal issue number. It is the bronze version so issued for 10 years service. The bars represent each additional 5 years service. Its not the norm to have more than one bar as after that a silver version should have been issued at 20 years. I can advise that it was issued

    Linda, this is the 10 year bronze medal issued by the National Fire Brigades Association which was the source from which many fire brigades purchased their medals for issue prior to the introduction of the current long service medal in 1954. Its not usual to have 2 bars, each one indication a further 5 years service. At 20 years there should have been a silver version issued. The number is not his service number but a meadl issue number. This was issued to Sidney Smith, of the Luton Fire brigade on 19 July 1905, ( There was no such thing as the Bedfordshire Brigade until April 1948.First bar was issued 17 Feb 1910 and the second was issued 29. 10.14. The brigade obviously did not purchase silver ones! he joined the FB in June 1893. I hope this is of interest.

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  • 2. At 00:14 on 19 November 2011, NEDELSKIY1957 wrote:

    Me interest information about all fire service medals of U.K. President National Awards Fund of Russian Federation Vladimir Nedelskiy.[Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]

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