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British Awards, Honours and Decorations - page 2


The illustrations on this page are provided courtesy of Worcestershire Medal Services Ltd.  This section is not intended to give a definitive list of all British Honours and Awards, merely to illustrate the main awards which will be mentioned in the biographical pages.

This section is in four parts: - 

1. British Decorations,  2. British Orders of Chivalry,  3. Medal Ribbons and  4. Foreign Orders and Awards 

Decorations for Gallantry and Leadership

Distinguished Conduct Medal

DCM

Distinguished Conduct Medal Introduced to recognise acts of gallantry performed by NCO's and soldiers.  It has ranked above the MM since 1916.

It was replaced by the CGC in 1993.

Instituted: 1854

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

CGM

CGM (Flying) holders

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal Introduced as the naval equivalent of the DCM for Petty Officers and ratings.

The CGM (Flying) was introduced in 1943

It was replaced by the CGC in 1993.

Instituted: 1855

George Medal

GM

RAF Personnel awarded the George Medal

George Medal Awarded for acts of bravery, not considered to warrant the award of the GC.  In the services it is usually awarded for acts of bravery not in the face of the enemy.  It is mainly a civilian award.

Instituted: 1940

Distinguished Service Medal

DSM

Distinguished Service Medal

Bar to the DSM

Awarded to Petty Officers and ratings for acts of bravery not considered to warrant the award of the CGM.

It was replaced by the DSC in 1993.

Instituted: 1914

Military Medal

MM

RAF Personnel awarded the Military Medal

Military medal Awarded to NCO's and soldiers for acts of bravery not considered to warrant the award of the DCM.

It was replaced by the MC in 1993.

Instituted: 1914

 

Distinguished Flying Medal

DFM

Distinguished Flying Medal

Bar to the DFM

Awarded to NCO's and airmen for acts of bravery in the face of the enemy.

It was replaced by the DFC in 1993.

Instituted: 1918

 

Air Force Medal

AFM

Air Force Medal

Bar to the AFM

Awarded to NCO's and airmen for acts of bravery when in the face of the enemy or for meritorious service on flying duties.

It was replaced by the AFC in 1993.

Instituted: 1918

 

Bar Rosette to denote the award of a Bar to an decoration, worn on the medal ribbon When an award is made for a second or subsequent time, it is denoted by the award of a Bar.  The Bar is wore on the ribbon when full medals are worn, but when ribbons only are worn, a rosette is displayed on the ribbon for each subsequent award.
Mention in Dispatches a) Mention in Dispatches - pre 1994

b) Mention in Dispatches - post 1994

When an individual is Mentioned in Dispatches, they are entitled to wear the badge shown opposite.  If awarded the badge will be worn on the appropriate medal ribbon.  If a medal has not been awarded, the badge will be worn after other ribbons.

a) pre 1994

b) post 1994

Air Efficiency Award

AE

Air Efficiency Award Awarded for ten years efficient service in the Auxiliary or Volunteer Air Forces of the Commonwealth

Instituted: 1942

This page was last updated on 26/05/17 using FrontPage 2003

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