VictorianEra wrote:I will certainly look into the forensics ID help, because if we could find out the name of the Officer, that would be so much help in determining rank, awards and possibly battles, or other general research. If this is not the long service, good conduct medal, order of the bath, (not ruling those out yet) are there any other medal ribbon bars with a similar crimson-purple colour? The ribbon bar us certainly a mystery, and other than an order, is there anything else that would take precedence before British War medals?
The other award that had a crimson ribbon (the colour long associated with the British Army and Royal House) was the Meritorious Service Medal, instituted in 1845 and with an all crimson ribbon from then until 1916, when like the LSGC mentioned previously, white edges AND (for MSM) a central stripe in the same colour were added to prevent any confusion with the VC when ribbons only were worn. The MSM was instituted to recognise meritorious service by non-commissioned officers. Recipients were also granted an annuity, the amount of which was based on rank.
In general the VC, as with all gallantry medals, always preceded service/campaign medals, as did 'orders', such as the CB.
Assuming the ribbons are original and not added retrospectively, or in incorrect sequence by an untutored hand, then the VC, or CB, are the only possible crimson ribbons to go in front of the SA medal. However, both, VC and CB usually had a miniature metal symbol added to the top of the medal ribbon to make clear the status and prestigious nature of the decoration.