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British Military Medals Order of Wear

As announced by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, the order in which decorations and medals should be worn in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth

Victoria Cross
George Cross
ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD
Most Noble Order of the Garter
Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
Most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick (obsolete since the death of the Duke of Windsor, the last holder)
Knights Grand Cross, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
Order of Merit
Knight Grand Commander, The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India
Knights Grand Cross, The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George
Knight Grand Commander, The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire
The Order of the Crown of India
Knights Grand Cross, The Royal Victorian Order
Knights Grand Cross, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Order of the Companions of Honour
Knight Commander, The Most Honourable of the Bath
Knight Commander, The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India
Knight Commander, The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George
Knight Commander, The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire
Knight Commander, The Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Baronets Badge
Knight Bachelor's Badge
Companion, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
Companion, The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India
Companion, The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George
Companion, The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire
Commander, The Royal Victorian Order
Commander, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Lieutenant, The Royal Victorian Order
Officer, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Imperial Service Order
Member, The Royal Victorian Order
Member, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Indian Order of Merit - Military
DECORATIONS
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
Royal Red Cross, Class II
Distinguished Service Cross
Military Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
Royal Red Cross, Class II
Order of British India
Kaisar-I-Hind Medal
Order of St John
GALLANTRY AND DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
Union of South Africa Queen's Medal for Bravery in gold
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying)
George Medal
Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry
Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry
Royal West African Frontier Force Distinguished Conduct Medal
King's African Rifles Distinguished Conduct Medal
Indian Distinguished Service Medal
Union of South Africa Queen's Medal for Bravery in silver
Distinguished Service Medal
Military Medal
Distinguished Flying Medal
Air Force Medal
Constabulary Medal (Ireland)
Medal for Saving Life at Sea
Indian Order of Merit (Civil)
Indian Police Medal for Gallantry
Ceylon Police Medal for Gallantry
Sierra Leone Police Medal for Gallantry
Sierra Leone Fire Brigades Medal for Gallantry
Overseas Territories Police Medal for Gallantry
Queen's Gallantry Medal
Royal Victorian Medal (gold, silver and bronze)
BrItish Empire Medal
Canada Medal
Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service
Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service
Queen's Ambulance Service Medal
Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal
Queen's Medal for Chiefs
CAMPAIGN MEDALS
Campaign Medals and Stars, in the order of date of participation in the campaign for which awarded
Includes authorised UN, EU, EC, NATO, GSM's and OSM's
World War I
1914 Star with dated "Mons" Clasp 15th August - 22nd November 1914
1914 Star
1914/15 Star
British War Medal
Mercantile Marine War Medal
Victory Medal
Territorial Force War Medal
World War II
139/45 Star
Atlantic Star
Arctic Star
Air Crew Europe Star
Africa Star
Pacific Star
Burma Star
Italy Star
France and Germany Star
Defence Medal
Canadian/Newfoundland Volunteer Service Medal
1939/45 War Medal
1939/45 Africa Service Medal of the Union of South Africa
India Service Medal
New Zealand War Service Medal
Southern Rhodesia Service Medal
Australian Service Medal
Korean War
Korea Medal
United Nations Service medal with bar Korea
MEDALS FOR VALUABLE SERVICE
Imperial Service Medal
Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service
Ceylon Police Medal for Merit
Sierra Leone Police Medal for Meritorious Service
Sierra Leone Fire Brigades Medal for Meritorious Service
Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service
Badge of Honour
JUBILEE, CORONATION, DURBAR MEDALS
Queen Victoria's Jubilee Medal 1887 (gold, silver and bronze)
Queen Victoria's Police Jubilee Medal 1887
Queen Victoria's Jubilee Medal 1897 (gold, silver and bronze)
Queen Victoria's Police Jubilee Medal 1897
Queen Victoria's Commemoration Medal 1900 (Ireland)
King Edward VII's Coronation 1902
King Edward VII's Police Coronation 1902
King Edward VII's Durbar 1903 (gold, silver and bronze)
King Edward VII's Police Medal 1903 (Scotland)
King's Visit Commemoration Medal 1903 (Ireland)
King George V's Coronation Medal 1911
King George V's Police Coronation Medal 1911
King George V's Police Commemoration Medal 1911 (Ireland)
King George V's Durbar Medal 1911 (gold, silver and bronze)
King George V's Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
King George VI's Coronation Medal
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Medal 1953
Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
King George V's Long and Faithful Service Medal
King George VI's Long and Faithful Service Medal
Queen Elizabeth II's Long and Faithful Service Medal
EFFICIENCY AND LONG SERVICE DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
Medal for Meritorious Service
Accumulated Campaign Service Medals
Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011
Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct, Army
Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Medal for Meritorious Service(Royal Navy 1918-1928)
Indian Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (for Europeans of Indian Army)
Indian Meritorious Service Medal (for Europeans of Indian Army)
Royal Marines Meritorious Service Medal (1849-1947)
Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal 1918-1928
Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Ulster Defence Regiment Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Indian Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Indian Army)
Royal West African Frontier Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Royal Sierra Leone Military Forces Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
King's African Rifles Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Indian Meritorious Service Medal (Indian Army)
Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
African Police Medal for Meritorious Service
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Long Service Medal
Ceylon Police Long Service Medal
Sierra Leone Fire Brigade Long Service Medal
Mauritius Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Mauritius Fire Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Mauritius Prisons Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Overseas Territories Fire Brigades Long Service Medal
Overseas Territories Prison Service Medal
Hong Kong Disciplined Services Long Service Medal
Army Emergency Reserve Decoration
Volunteer Officer's Decoration
Volunteer Long Service Medal
Volunteer Officer's Decoration (for India and the Colonies)
Volunteer Long Service Medal (for India and the Colonies)
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer's Decoration
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
Medal for Good Shooting (Naval)
Militia Long Service Medal
Imperial Yeomanry Long Service Medal
Territorial Decoration
Ceylon Armed Service Long Service Medal
Efficiency Decoration
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Efficiency Medal
Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve
Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Royal Naval Wireless Auxiliary Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Royal Naval Auxiliary Service Medal
Air Efficiency Award
Volunteer Reserves Service Medal
Ulster Defence Regiment Medal
Queen's Medal (for Champion Shots of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines)
Queen's Medal (for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Naval Forces)
Queen's Medal (for Champion Shots of the Air Force)
Cadet Forces Medal
Coast Guard Auxiliary Service Long Service Medal
Special Constabulary Long Service Medal
Canadian Forces Decoration
Royal Observer Corps Medal
Civil Defence Long Service Medal
Ambulance Service LS & GCM
Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service Medal
Prison Service (Operational Duties) Long Service Medal
Rhodesia Medal
Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal
Northern Ireland Prison Service Medal
Union of South Africa Commemoration Medal
Indian Independence Medal
Pakistan Medal
Ceylon Armed Services Inauguration Medal
Ceylon Police Independence Medal (1948)
Sierra Leone Independence Medal
Jamaica Independence Medal
Malawi Independence Medal
Guyana Independence Medal
Fiji Independence Medal
Papua New Guinea Independence Medal
Solomon Islands Independence Medal
Service Medal of the Order of St.John
Badge of the Order of the League of Mercy
Voluntary Medical Service Medal
Women's Voluntary Service Medal
South African Medal for War Services
Colonial Special Constabulary Medal
Honorary Membership of Commonwealth Orders (instituted by the Sovereign, in order of date of award)
Other Commonwealth Members, Orders, Decorations and Medals (instituted since 1949 otherwise than by the Sovereign, and awards by States of Malaysia and Brunei in order of date of award)
Foreign Awards in order of date of award
Foreign Decorations in order of date of award
Foreign Medals in order of dates of award
NB By Royal Warrant dated June 14, 2012, medals titled "Colonial…" are to be renamed "Overseas Territories…."

 

POST-NOMINAL LETTERS
Recipients of some awards are entitled to use post-nominal letters
AE Air Efficiency Award (officers)
AFC Air Force Cross
AFM Air Force Medal
AM Albert Medal
ARRC Royal Red Cross, Second Class
BEM British Empire Medal
BGM Burma Gallantry Medal
Bt or Bart Baronet
CBE Commander, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
CB Companion, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
CD Canadian (Forces) Decoration
CGC Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
CGM Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
CH Order of the Companion of Honour
CIE Companion, The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire
CI The Order of the Crown of India (women only)
CM/MduC Canada Medal
CMG Companion, The Most Distinguished Order of St.Michael and St. George
CPM Colonial Police Medal
CSI Companion, The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India
CVO Commander, The Royal Victorian Order
DBE Dame Commander, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
DCB Dame Commander, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
DCMG Dame Commander, The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St . George
DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal ( King's African Rifles)
DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal (West Africa Frontier Force)
DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal
DCVO Dame Commander, The Royal Victorian Order
DFC Distinguished Flying Cross
DFM Distinguished Flying Medal
DSC Distinguished Service Cross
DSM Distinguished Service Medal
DSO Distinguished Service Order
ED Efficiency Decoration
EGM Empire Gallantry Medal
EM Edward Medal
ERD Army Emergency Reserve Decoration
GBE Knight Grand Cross, The Most Excellent Order of the british Empire
GCB Knight Grand Cross, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
GCIE Knight Grand Commander, The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire
GCMG Knight Grand Cross, The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George
GCSI Knight Grand Commander, The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India
GCVO Knight Grand Cross, The Royal Victorian Order
GC George Cross
GM George Medal
IDSM Indian Distinguished Service Medal
IOM Indian Order of Merit (Civil)
IOM Indian Order of Merit (Military)
ISO Indian Service Order
KBE Knight Commander, The Most Honourable Order of the British Empire
KCB Knight Commander, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
KCIE Knight Commander, The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire
KCMG Knight Commander, The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George
KCSI Knight Commander, The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India
KCVO Knight Commander, The Royal Victorian Order
KG Knight, Most Noble Order of the Garter
KP Knight, Most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick
KPFSM King's Police and Fire Service Medal
KPM King's Police Medal
KT Knight, Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
LVO Lieutenant, The Royal Victorian Order
MBE Memebr, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
MC Military Cross
MM Military Medal
MSM Meritorious Service Medal (Navy awards up to 20 July 1928)
MVO Member, The Royal Victorian Order
OBE Officer, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
OBI Order of British India
OB Order of Burma (distinguished service)
OB Order of Burma (gallantry)
QASM Queen's Ambulance Service Medal
OM Order of Merit
QAM Queen's Ambulance Medal
QFSM Queen's Fire Service Medal
QGM Queen's Gallantry Medal
QPM Queen's Police Medal
QVRM Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal
RD Royal Naval Reserve Decoration
RRC Royal Red Cross, First Class
RVM Royal Victorian Medal
SGM Sea Gallantry Medal
TD Territorial Decoration
UD Ulster Defence Regiment Medal (officers)
VC Victoria Cross
VD Volunteer Officers' Decoration
VRD Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration
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