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The award is made to a fully trained nurse of the Official Nursing Service who has shown exceptional devotion and competency in the performance of actual nursing duties, over a continuous and long period, or who has performed some very exceptional act of bravery and devotion at her post of duty. This decoration had the distinction of being confined to females until 1976. It is conferred on members of the nursing services regardless of rank. A second class award was introduced in 1917. Holders of the second class are promoted to the first class on second awards. Holders of the forst class decoration are known as Members (RRC) while recipients of the second class are known as Associates (ARRC).
ARRC recipients cannot receive a bar, but may be elevated to RRC.
A cross, 1.375 inches wide, frosted silver, with a Maltese cross enamelled red superimposed thereon and a circular medallion at its centre.
There is a bareheaded effigy of the reigning monarch in the middle.
The Royal Cypher of the reigning monarch is in the centre, surmounted by a crown, with the words FAITH (top), HOPE (left), CHARITY (right), and 1883 on the bottom of the cross.
A small ring at the top of the cross through which a larger ring passes. The badge may be worn from a bow or if worn with other medals, a third larger ring is added through which the ribbon passes.
The dark blue ribbon is one inch wide, with red edge stripes (0.25" wide).
The ARRC was instituted on 10 November 1915.
The badge is issued unnamed.
Total Issued - ?
There were 446 ARRC's issued to Canadians.
Height 41mm; Max Width 35mm
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