Awarded without a crown for the fifth sucessful march. For the sixth year a separate silver crown was awarded for attachment to the suspension of the five year cross.
Made of solid silver. Most are hallmarked with a dagger silver hallmark [†]. This is normally on the front of the cross, immediately below the suspension ball, often obscured if the crown for a sixth march is attached. Some however are hallmarked on the top arm, on the silver border above the 'N'.
Obverse. As shown. The blue enamel is slightly lighter in pre-war medals, compared with awards from 1946.
Reverse. Prior to 1940, this was plain. Many crosses were stamped with the maker’s name ‘Kon Begeer Voorschoten’.
Ribbon numbers. Silver numerals were attached to the ribbon for a seventh; eighth or ninth successful march.
Up to 1918 the silver cross was awarded for the third successful march. Given the small number taking part in the early days, and as no marches took place in 1914 or 1915, very few silver crosses were ever awarded for a third march.