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Old 27-08-20, 10:38 PM
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Default Question re BRCS Proficiency Medal Ribbons

I have been looking at various British Red Cross Society First Aid proficiency medals and notice that they seem to come with two different ribbons -both white with two red stripes. On one the stripes are closer together than the other where they are near the edges. I can find pictures and post if needed, but will have to search the net for some.

My question is what does the different ribbons mean, if anything?

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Old 27-08-20, 11:43 PM
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Hi Terry,
Pretty sure the early Proficiency in Red Cross work Instituted: 1911 Discontinued: 1914 had the strips further apart - Details as follows:Members had to have three successive Red Cross first aid examinations, provided an interval of at least 12 months had elapsed between any two successive examinations, or one certificate in each of Red Cross first aid and Red Cross nursing, plus a third certificate in either, provided that an interval of at least 12 months had elapsed from the previous examination.
Additional bars were granted for each further Red Cross first aid or nursing certificate, provided that an interval of at least 12 months had elapsed between examinations.

And the later award: Proficiency badges Discontinued: 1968 had the strips closer together - Details as follows: Members had to have three successive Red Cross certificates in appropriate subjects, provided there had been an interval of at least 12 months between the dates of each certificate gained. Certificates acquired through other approved examining bodies could count towards the award. Each proficiency badge had the relevant subject on the ornamental brooch and a different ribbon for each subject.

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Thanks Gary, Very helpful info.

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Old 28-08-20, 06:40 AM
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As a long time collector of all things BRCS there are many Proficiency Medals as shown below and a variety of different vertically striped ribbons:-

1. Nursing.
1914-68

2. RX First Aid
1914-68

3. Hygiene & Sanitation
1914-22

4. Cookery
1916-68

5. Administration &
Organisation
1929-68

6. Tuberulosis Course
1929-68

7. Infant & Child Welfare
1929-56

8.Maternal & Child Welfare
1956-68

9.First Aid in Chemical Warfare
1934-68

10. Anti-Gas Training
1938-68

11. A.R.P. Training
1941-68

12. Welfare Services
1950-68

13. Domestic Hygeine


14. Civil Defence
1950-68

15. Hospital Librarianship
1952-68
16. Nursing
1963-68

Thats before you get to Technical Badges!!

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Old 28-08-20, 11:41 AM
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Here are the Red Cross ribbons
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Dave,

Great charts.

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Dave and Simon, Gentlemen, both excellent and helpful information. I was not aware there were so many!!! The two I had seen were the "First Aid" and the "Nursing" badges.

Thank you!!!

Terry
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Thanks Simon. These are the actual items, badges and ribbons in my ribbon collection.
Dave
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I have had one of every type of BRCS badges and medals including Proficiency, Technical, Blood Transfusion, County badges, Merit and several Balkan War Medals.

I wrote an article on one of my Balkan War 1912-13 BRCS medal winners, Woislav Maximus Petrovich for the OMRS in December 2013 which is an interesting read.

All I have now are my County badges which I am currently disposing of via ebay.

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