Circular silvered bronze medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned veiled head and shoulders portrait of Queen Victoria facing right within a ring, circumscribed ‘VICTORIA D G BRITT REG F D IND IMP’ (Victoria by the Grace of God Queen of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India); the reverse with the Royal arms centrally, circles with the Imperial crown, the Prince of Wales’ feathers and the arms of the Order of St John and of the Prince of Wales above, below, left and right, St. John’s Wort flowers between, within a ring circumscribed ‘MAGNUS PRIORATUS ORDINIS HOSPITALIS SANCTI JOHANNIS JERUSALEM IN ANGLIA’ (Great Priory of the Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem in England); attributed on the edge to ‘ELIZABETH J. HINTON 1940..1954’; on original ribbon mounted for wear and with silvered 5-year bar bearing a Maltese cross centrally, St. John’s Wort sprays to either side; with a ribbon bar mounted for wear.
The medal was instituted in 1898 to be awarded for 15 years’ service (12 in the Dominions and 10 in the colonies) or exceptional service. It has retained the portrait of Queen Victoria, despite subsequent changes of monarch.
Sold with a St. John’s Ambulance Re-Examination Medallion, 4th issue. Medallion in the form of a cross bottony with eyelet and loop for wear; the face with a circular central medallion bearing a Maltese cross with lions passant between the arms on a hatched ground for the heraldic colour sable (black), within a ring inscribed ‘ THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION’, each of the arms with a St. John’s wort flower; the reverse plain, with engraved attribution to ‘A37691 / ELIZABETH HINTON’, and inscribed REGISTERED AT / ST. JOHN’S GATE / LONDON’.
In 1879, two years after its foundation, St. John Ambulance Association introduced a medallion to be awarded to those who had passed three of its examinations. At least two of the examinations were required to be in First Aid to the Injured but the third could be in either Home Nursing or Home Hygiene. The First Aid examinations could not be taken at intervals of less than one year and thus the Medallion could be gained in either one or two years, according to the combination of subjects taken.
The Medallion was intended to prove, when necessary, the competence of the holder to render first aid to the injured.
This 4th version of the Medallion appears to have been introduced around 1909 and continued to be awarded until 1992.
The ‘A’ prefix, as in this example, was introduced during World War II.
Also sold with two silvered ‘5 SJAB’ shoulder tabs.