Constabulary Medal (Ireland)

The Constabulary Medal was a decoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). The medal was established on 15 April 1842, by the Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary and approved by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.[3] Though it was not formally created by the crown, but was a local award with viceregal approval, it was presented for eighty years and is found in the government's official order of wear.[2]

Constabulary Medal
Constabulary Medal version 1
Black and white rendering of the Constabulary Medal, first version
Awarded by The Royal Irish Constabulary
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
TypeCivil decoration
EligibilityOfficers and men of the Royal Irish Constabulary
Awarded forBefore 1872: Gallantry or Meritorious service
After 1872: Gallantry[1]
StatusNone awarded after the 1922 partition of Ireland
Established15 April 1842
Total awarded322
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Air Force Medal[2]
Next (lower)Medal for Saving Life at Sea[2]
Volunteer Decoration (UK) ribbon

Ribbon bar of the medal


The medal is circular made of silver, and 36 mm (1.4 in) in diameter. The obverse of the medal depicts a crowned harp within a wreath. The first version of the medal has the inscription "REWARD OF MERIT - IRISH CONSTABULARY" while the second version has the inscription "REWARD OF MERIT - ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY" This change is in recognition of the addition of "Royal" to the name of the Irish Constabulary in 1867. The reverse bears a wreath half in olive leaves and the other half in shamrocks. The center is plain to allow for the engraving of the name of the recipient.[1]


  1. ^ a b Simner, Mark. "Constabulary Medal (Ireland)". British Military Medals. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Orders of Wear" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  3. ^ Enticknap, John. "Royal Irish Constabulary Badge and Medal of Merit". Medal Society of Ireland. Retrieved 29 October 2011.

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Sea Gallantry Medal

The Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM) (officially 'The Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea'), is an award for civil gallantry at sea in Great Britain and the Commonwealth. The Merchant Shipping Act 1854 permitted the issue of this award and SGMs were first struck in 1855. They were first awarded either for 'humanity' (where there was little risk to the life of the recipient), or for gallantry (where there was significant risk to the recipient).Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal "SGM". There have been two awards of the Sea Gallantry Medal (Bronze) since 1974: one in 1981 and the other in 1989. No Sea Gallantry Medals (Silver) have been awarded since this time.

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