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.


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