Long Service Medals from the Collection formed by John Tamplin

Date of Auction: 25th September 2008

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £1,600 - £1,800

Royal Marine Meritorious Service Medal, V.R., dated ‘1848’ below bust (Ser: Jas: Morris R.M. 16 Jan. 1849) officially engraved naming, good very fine and rare £1600-1800


The first 16 Royal Marine Meritorious Service Medals were issued with the ‘1848’ obverse and ‘16 Jan 1849’ engraved on the rim. There were probably only 39 issued with the ‘1848’ obverse of which 20 are known, 8 with dated rim and 12 without the dated rim.

James Morris, Sergeant Librarian, Portsmouth Division, served 26 years. His annuity of £10 commenced on 24 April 1849 and was paid until his death 17 September 1882.