Lieutenant-Commander Joseph Bell RD. RNR.
Joseph Bell prior to 1912, in addition to his position as Chief Engineer RMS Titanic held also the rank of Lieutenant-Commander in the R N R [Royal Naval Reserve]. He was awarded the Decoration ‘RD’ that had been instituted in 1908 to commissioned officers, whose recipients were entitled to the post-nominal letters ‘RD’. The Decoration ‘RD’ stood for Royal Decoration, and had been instituted as a Decoration by King George V.
This magnificent silver and silver-gilt oval skeletal badge with a loop for ribbon suspension, was faced with the silver-gilt crowned cipher of King and Emperor George V imposed on a silver rope, a reef knot at the base; the reverse was plain.