Distinguished Service Order

Distinguished Service Order
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Obverse and reverse, reign of George V
Awarded by United Kingdom and Commonwealth
TypeOrder with one degree
Established6 September 1886
EligibilityMembers of the armed forces
Awarded for"Distinguished services during active operations against the enemy."[1]
StatusCurrently awarded
SovereignQueen Elizabeth II
GradesCompanion
Statistics
Total inductees
Precedence
Next (higher)Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire[4]
Next (lower)Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order
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Ribbon bar of the order

The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, as well as formerly of other parts of the Commonwealth, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. Since 1993 it has been awarded specifically for 'highly successful command and leadership during active operations', with all ranks being eligible.[5]

History

Ribbon bar for 2nd award
Major Marie-Edmond Paul Garneau, of the Royal 22e Régiment, with the DSO he received for "gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe" after his investiture at Buckingham Palace in October 1942[6]

Instituted on 6 September 1886 by Queen Victoria in a Royal Warrant published in The London Gazette on 9 November,[7] the first DSOs awarded were dated 25 November 1886.[8]

The order was established to reward individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war. It was a military order, until recently for officers only and typically awarded to officers ranked major (or equivalent) or higher, with awards to ranks below this usually for a high degree of gallantry, just short of deserving the Victoria Cross.[9]

Whilst normally given for service under fire or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy, a number of awards made between 1914 and 1916 were under circumstances not under fire, often to staff officers, causing resentment among front-line officers. After 1 January 1917, commanders in the field were instructed to recommend this award only for those serving under fire.[10]

From 1916, ribbon bars could be authorised for subsequent awards of the DSO, worn on the ribbon of the original award.[10]

In 1942, the award was extended to officers of the Merchant Navy who had performed acts of gallantry whilst under enemy attack.[11] A requirement that the order could be given only to someone mentioned in despatches was removed in 1943.[10]

Modern era

Since 1993, reflecting the review of the British honours system which recommended removing distinctions of rank in respect of operational awards, the DSO has been open to all ranks, with the award criteria redefined as 'highly successful command and leadership during active operations'.[5] At the same time, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross was introduced as the second highest award for gallantry.[12] Despite some very fierce campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the DSO has yet to be awarded to a non-commissioned rank.

The DSO had also been awarded by Commonwealth countries but by the 1990s most, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand, were establishing their own honours systems and no longer recommended British honours.[13]

Nomenclature

Recipients of the order are officially known as Companions of the Distinguished Service Order, and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DSO". All awards are announced in the London Gazette.[14]

Description

  • The medal signifying the award of the DSO is a silver-gilt (gold until 1889) cross with curved ends, 1.6 in (4.1 cm) wide, enamelled white and edged in gilt.[3] It is manufactured by Messrs Garrard & Co, the Crown Jewellers.[14]
  • In the centre of the obverse, within a green enamelled laurel wreath, is the imperial crown in gold upon a red enamelled background. The reverse has the royal cypher of the reigning monarch in gold within a similar wreath and background.[14]
  • A ring at the top of the medal attaches to a ring at the bottom of a gilt suspension bar, ornamented with laurel. Since 1938 the year of award engraved on the back of the suspension bar.[14] At the top of the ribbon is a second gilt bar ornamented with laurel.[9]
  • The medals are issued unnamed but some recipients have had their names engraved on the reverse of the suspension bar.[9]
  • The red ribbon is 1.125 in (2.86 cm) wide with narrow blue edges.[12]
  • The bar for an additional award is plain gold with an Imperial Crown in the centre. Since about 1938, the year of the award has been engraved on the back of the bar.[14] A rosette is worn on the ribbon in undress uniform to signify the award of each bar.[15]

Recipients

Numbers awarded

From 1918 to 2017 the insignia of the Distinguished Service Order has been awarded approximately 16,935 times, in addition to 1,910 bars. The figures to 1979 are laid out in the table below,[16] the dates reflecting the relevant entries in the London Gazette:

PeriodCrosses1st bar2nd bar3rd bar
Pre World War I1886–19131,732
World War I1914–19199,881768767
Inter–War1919–193914816
World War II1939–19464,880947598
Post–War1947–19792042051
Total1886–197916,8451,75114016

In addition, between 1980 and 2017 approximately 90 DSOs have been earned, including awards for the Falklands and the wars in the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to three second-award bars.[17]

The above figures include awards to the Commonwealth. In all, 1,220 DSOs have gone to Canadians, plus 119 first bars and 20 second bars.[9] From 1901 to 1972, when the last Australian to receive the DSO was announced, 1,018 awards were made to Australians, plus 70 first bars and one second bar.[18] The DSO was awarded to over 300 New Zealanders during the two World Wars.[11]

Honorary awards to members of allied foreign forces include at least 1,329 for World War I,[16] with further awards for World War II.

Notable recipients

The following received the DSO and three bars (i.e., were awarded the DSO four times):

  • Archibald Walter Buckle, rose from naval rating in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve to command the Anson Battalion of the Royal Naval Division during the First World War[19]
  • William Denman Croft,[20] First World War army officer
  • William Robert Aufrere Dawson, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment during the First World War, wounded nine times and mentioned in despatches four times[19]
  • Basil Embry, Second World War Royal Air Force officer
  • Bernard Freyberg, also awarded the Victoria Cross
  • Edward Albert Gibbs, Second World War destroyer captain[21]
  • Arnold Jackson, First World War British Army officer and 1500 metres Olympic gold medal winner in 1912
  • Douglas Kendrew, served as a brigade commander in Italy, Greece and the Middle East between 1944 and 1946. Subsequently appointed Governor of Western Australia.
  • Robert Sinclair Knox, First World War British Army officer[19]
  • Frederick William Lumsden, British First World War Royal Marines officer, also awarded the Victoria Cross
  • Paddy Mayne, Special Air Service commander in the Second World War and Irish rugby player
  • Sir Richard George Onslow, Second World War destroyer captain and later admiral[22]
  • Alastair Pearson, a British Army officer who received his four awards within the space of two years during the Second World War
  • James Brian Tait, RAF pilot also awarded the DFC and bar, completed 101 bombing missions in the Second World War
  • Frederic John Walker, Second World War British Navy captain and U-boat hunter
  • Edward Allan Wood,[23] First World War army officer

See also

  • Military awards and decorations of the United Kingdom
  • British and Commonwealth orders and decorations

References

  1. ^ Defence Internet|Fact Sheets|Guide to Honours Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ P E Abbott & J M A Tamplin. British Gallantry Awards, 1981. pp. 124–125. Confirms 1,732 prior to World War I: 1,646 to 1902, 78 to 1910 and 8 to 1914.
  3. ^ a b Medal Yearbook 2015. Honiton, Devon: Token Publishing. 2015. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-908-828-16-3.
  4. ^ "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3351.
  5. ^ a b "Distinguished Service Order". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  6. ^ "No. 35729". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 October 1942. p. 4328.
  7. ^ "No. 25641". The London Gazette. 9 November 1886. pp. 5385–5386.
  8. ^ "No. 25650". The London Gazette. 9 November 1886. pp. 5975–5976.
  9. ^ a b c d Veterans Affairs Canada – Distinguished Service Order (Retrieved 8 December 2018)
  10. ^ a b c P E Abbott & J M A Tamplin. British Gallantry Awards. pp. 119–121. Nimrod Dix & Co, London, 1981.ISBN 0-902633-74-0
  11. ^ a b "British Commonwealth Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards – Companion of the Distinguished Service Order". New Zealand defence force. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  12. ^ a b Peter Duckers. British Gallantry Awards 1855 – 2000. pp. 18–23. Shire Publications, Oxford, 2010.ISBN 978-0-7478-0516-8.
  13. ^ Medal Yearbook 2015. Honiton, Devon: Token Publishing. 2015. pp. 90, 429, 459. ISBN 978-1-908-828-16-3.
  14. ^ a b c d e P E Abbott & J M A Tamplin. British Gallantry Awards. pp. 122–124. Nimrod Dix & Co, London, 1981.ISBN 0-902633-74-0
  15. ^ "The British (Imperial) Distinguished Service Order". Vietnam veterans association of Australia. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  16. ^ a b P E Abbott & J M A Tamplin. British Gallantry Awards. pp. 124–129. Nimrod Dix & Co, London, 1981.ISBN 0-902633-74-0
  17. ^ Post 1979 DSOs include 19 for the Falklands (London Gazette Supplement, 8 October 1982); 1 for Sierra Leone (London Gazette Supplement, 30 September 2003); 8 for Gulf War (London Gazette Supplement, 29 June 1991Late award: 21 November 1994); 18 bars for Iraq and 43+3 second award bar for Afghanistan, plus awards for smaller conflicts.
  18. ^ "Imperial Awards". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Archived from the original on 23 June 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  19. ^ a b c "No. 31583". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 October 1919. p. 12213.
  20. ^ "No. 31183". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 February 1919. p. 2363.
  21. ^ "No. 36081". The London Gazette. 2 July 1943. p. 3056.
  22. ^ "No. 36771". The London Gazette (Supplement). 27 October 1944. p. 4977.
  23. ^ Bourne, John. "Edward Allan Wood". Centre for First World War Studies. Birmingham, UK: University of Birmingham. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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Title Badge (India) 1st class. Ribbon bar. Awarded to native Indians for loyal service by the British Raj.
Ribbon Star for Bravery in Gold.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Star for Bravery in Gold ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide and red, with two 6 millimetres wide white bands in the centre, spaced 4 millimetres apart
Ribbon - Merit Medal in Silver.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Merit Medal in Silver ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue, with a 12 millimetres wide white band in the centre.
Ribbon - Southern Cross Medal (1975).png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Southern Cross Medal (1975) of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 2 millimetres wide white band, a 11½ millimetres wide dark blue band and a 1 millimetre wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 3 millimetres wide dark blue band in the centre. This was the original ribbon and was replaced by a redesigned ribbon in 1986.
Distinguished Service Order, ribbon bar.png
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
British award for officers in the armed forces, second award ribbon bar
OBI 1939-1947 1.jpg
Author/Creator: unknown, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Gold PF.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Gold ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green, with three 1 millimetre wide bands, 2 millimetres from each side and spaced 1 millimetre apart, in white to indicate Permanent Force service.
Ribbon - Long Service Medal, Gold.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Long Service Medal, Gold ribbon of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 4 millimetres wide blue band and an 8 millimetres wide green band, repeated in reverse order and separated by an 8 millimetres wide yellow band.
Ribbon - Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Ribbon of the Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 38 mm wide with a 12 mm wide Navy blue band and a 4 mm wide dark red band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 mm wide dark green band.
Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg
Flag of South Africa, also known as the Oranje-Blanje-Blou, used from 31 May 1928 until 27 April 1994
SSASlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Star of South Africa, Silver ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 35 millimetres wide with a 2 millimetres wide white band in the centre.
Ribbon - Natal Native Rebellion Medal.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Natal Native Rebellion Medal, a South African military campaign medal of 1906, with a 7 mm black, an 18 mm crimson and a 7 mm black bands.
Badge of Honour ribbon.png
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Ribbon of the Badge of Honour
Union of South Africa Commemoration Medal (ribbon).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The Union of South Africa Commemoration Medal ribbon, 38 millimetres wide, with a 10 millimetres wide orange band, an 18 millimetres wide dark blue band and a 10 millimetres wide orange band.
UK Albert Medal 2nd class (Land).png
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
UK Albert Medal 2nd class (Land) ribbon bar
Yellow star on green.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Yellow star on green background
Ribbon - Distinguished Service Cross.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon bar of the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), 32 millimetres wide with a 10 mm wide dark blue band, a 12 mm wide white band and a 10 mm wide dark blue band.
Ribbon - Independence Medal (Transkei).png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Independence Medal ribbon of the Transkei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with a 4 millimetres wide brown band and a 4 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 16 millimetres wide green band.
Ribbon - Pro Merito Medal (1986).gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Replacement ribbon of the Pro Merito Medal (1975) of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue, with a 6½ millimetres wide white band and a 7 millimetres wide dark blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 5 millimetres wide white band in the centre. This ribbon was introduced in 1986.
Ribbon - Queen's Medal for Champion Shots.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The Queen's/King's Medal for Champion Shots (Army) ribbon, 32 millimetres wide and dark crimson with a 3 millimetres wide black band, a 3 millimetres wide beige band and a 3 millimetres wide black band on each edge.
Ribbon - Medal for Distinguished Conduct & Loyal Service 2.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Military medal ribbon of the Medal for Distinguished Conduct and Loyal Service, version 2, used from 1991 to 1994 and awarded to members of the South African Defence Force after 40 years loyal service. A 9 carat gold medal displaying the coat of arms, suspended on a dark green ribbon with a centre band in the orange, white and blue of the pre-1994 national flag between two narrow white bands. Two versions exist. In 1994 the ribbon was replaced with a ribbon showing the colours of the post-1994 flag.
Ribbon - Bronze Service Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Bronze Service Medal ribbon of the Azanian People's Liberation Army, 32 millimetres wide with an 8 millimetres wide black band and a 4 millimetres wide yellow band, repeated in reverse order and separated by an 8 millimetres wide green band in the centre.
UK AFM ribbon.svg
UK Air Force Medal ribbon bar.
Ribbon - Merit Medal in Bronze.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Merit Medal in Bronze ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue, with a 12 millimetres wide dark yellow band in the centre.
HCGlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Honoris Crux Gold ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and orange with a single 1 millimetre wide white band in the centre.
Ribbon - Efficiency Decoration (South Africa).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Ribbon of the Efficiency Decoration (South Africa), 38 mm wide and dark green with a 7 mm wide lime yellow band in the centre.
KKMlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Cadet Corps Medal ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with an 8 millimetres wide dark blue band and a 1½ millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 13 millimetres wide orange band.
Ribbon - Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst (SAR).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst, a South African military good service decoration, in the South African Republic (Transvaal) orientation, 32 millimetres wide with a 3 mm wide red band, a 7 mm wide green band, a 12 mm wide blue band, a 7 mm wide orange band and a 3 mm wide white band.
Canada General Service Medal BAR.svg
Author/Creator: Orem (wiki-pl: Orem, commons: Orem), Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Ribbon bar: Canada General Service Medal (British)
Ribbon - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon bar of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM), 32 millimetres wide with a 5 mm wide dark blue band, a 22 mm wide white band and a 5 mm wide dark blue band.
Order of the Indian Empire Ribbon.svg
Author/Creator: Jayarathina, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
The ribbon bar of the Order of the Indian Empire
South Africa Medal (1854).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The South Africa Medal (1854) ribbon, 32 millimetres wide, with a 2½ millimetres wide golden yellow band, a 4 millimetres wide blue band, a 3 millimetres wide golden yellow band and a ½ millimetre wide blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 12 millimetres wide golden yellow band.
LWDlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Louw Wepener Decoration ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 1 3⁄8 inches (35 millimetres) wide and orange, with five white bands, all 1⁄8 inch (3.18 millimetres) wide and spaced 1⁄8 inch (3.18 millimetres) apart.
CClint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Medical Service Cross ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and white with a 12 millimetres wide ruby red centre band.
Indian Police Medal for Gallantry Ribbon.gif
Indian Police Medal for Gallantry Ribbon
Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry Ribbon.png
Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry Ribbon
Ribbon - Pro Merito Medal (1975).png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Original ribbon of the Pro Merito Medal (1975) of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue, with a 2 millimetres wide white band and a 12 millimetres wide dark blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 4 millimetres wide white band in the centre. This ribbon was replaced in 1986.
UK Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service ribbon bar.PNG
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Overseas Territories Police Medal, formerly the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service, ribbon bar
DWMlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The De Wet Medal ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 4 millimetres wide green band, a 2 millimetres wide white band and a 7 millimetres wide dark blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide yellow band in the centre.
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air.png
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Ribbon device. For acts of bravery while flying, not in the presence of the enemy.
Ribbon - Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (SA).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military), 32 mm wide and dark reddish-violet, edged with 3 mm wide white bands.
Queens Ambulance Service Medal.png
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Queens Ambulance Service Medal ribbon bar
JCMlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The John Chard Medal ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 3 millimetres wide dark blue band, a 2 millimetres wide white band, a 22 millimetres wide dark red band, a 2 millimetres wide white band and a 3 millimetres wide dark blue band.
Ribbon - General Service Medal (Venda).png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The General Service Medal ribbon of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 2 millimetres wide yellow band, a 7 millimetres wide brown band and a 2 millimetres wide yellow band, repeated and separated by a 10 millimetres wide green band.
Ribbon - Commandant General's Medal.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Commandant General's Medal ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 6 millimetres wide light blue band and a 7 millimetres wide dark orange band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide navy blue band in the centre.
Edward Medal.png
Author/Creator: Ericalford, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Edward Medal ribbon bar
Ribbon - Medal for Long Service, Bronze.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Medal for Long Service, Bronze ribbon of the Ciskei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with an 8 millimetres wide brown band and a 3 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 10 millimetres wide blue band in the centre.
JHMlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Jack Hindon Medal ribbon bar of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and yellow, with green bands 4½ millimetres wide on the edges and a green band 1 millimetre wide in the centre.
Distinguished Service Order, King George V reverse.jpg
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
British award for officers in the armed forces
DWDlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The De Wet Decoration ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 3 millimetres wide green band, a 2 millimetres wide white band and an 8 millimetres wide yellow band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide dark blue band in the centre.
Ribbon Imperial Service Order 100x30.jpg
Crop white space and make ratio 100:30
VDF Independence Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Independence Medal ribbon bar of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 5 millimetres wide brown band, a 2 millimetres wide yellow band, a 5 millimetres wide green band and a 1 millimetre wide yellow band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide blue band.
Indian Distinguished Service Medal Ribbon.gif
Indian Distinguished Service Medal Ribbon
Queens Gallantry Medal UK ribbon.png
Author/Creator: The original uploader was PalawanOz at English Wikipedia., Licence: CC BY-SA 2.5
Queen's Gallantry Medal (UK) ribbon Image sourced from 'Medals of the World' website: http://www.medals.org.uk/index.htm Permission given by Megan Robertson to User:PalawanOz on 22 Apr 2007 for the use of this image in Wikipedia articles
ADMlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The General Service Medal ribbon bar of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 6 millimetres wide dark blue band, a 2 millimetres wide white band and a 7 millimetres wide orange band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 2 millimetres wide dark blue band in the centre.
South Africa Medal (1880).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The South Africa Medal (1880) ribbon, 32 millimetres wide, with a 2½ millimetres wide golden yellow band, a 4 millimetres wide blue band, a 3 millimetres wide golden yellow band and a 1 millimetre wide blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by an 11 millimetres wide golden yellow band.
Ribbon - Medal for Distinguished Conduct & Loyal Service 1.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Military medal ribbon of the Medal for Distinguished Conduct & Loyal Service, used from 1991 to 1994 and awarded to members of the South African Defence Force after 40 years loyal service. A 9 carat gold medal displaying the coat of arms, suspended on a dark green ribbon with a centre band in the orange, white and blue of the pre-1994 national flag between two narrow white bands. In 1994 the ribbon was replaced with a ribbon showing the colours of the post-1994 flag.
Ribbon - General Service Medal (Bophuthatswana).png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The General Service Medal ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 4 millimetres wide yellow band, a 2 millimetres wide red band and a 4 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 12 millimetres wide red band in the centre.
SM1lint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Southern Cross Medal (1952) ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 13 millimetres wide dark blue band, one orange and one white band, both 3 millimetres wide and a 13 millimetres wide dark blue band.
Distinguished Service Medal UK ribbon.png
Author/Creator: The original uploader was PalawanOz at English Wikipedia., Licence: CC BY-SA 2.5
Distinguished Service Medal (UK) ribbon Image sourced from 'Medals of the World' website: http://www.medals.org.uk/index.htm Permission given by Megan Robertson to User:PalawanOz on 22 Apr 2007 for the use of this image in Wikipedia articles
SDlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Southern Cross Decoration ribbon bar of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue, with two 1 millimetre wide white bands in the centre, 4 millimetres apart.
Ribbon - Distinguished Gallantry Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0

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Distinguished Gallantry Medal ribbon bar of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 12 millimetres wide red band, an 8 millimetres wide green band and a 12 millimetres wide red band.
Ribbon - Burma Star.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Burma Star, a British World War II military campaign medal, 32 millimetres wide with a 3½ millimetres wide Navy blue band, a 4 millimetres wide dark yellow band and a 3½ millimetres wide Navy blue band, repeated and separated by a 10 millimetres wide Army red band.
PVDlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Pro Virtute Decoration ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with a 21 millimetres wide orange centre band between two 5½ millimetres wide pale blue bands.
Ribbon bar Order of St. Patrick.jpg
Ribbon bar of the UK Order of St. Patrick
CMlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Army Cross ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and white with a 12 millimetres wide Army orange centre band.
Ribbon - Question mark.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Question mark filler for unknown ribbon design, 32 millimetres wide.
UK Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg
UK Distinguished Service Medal ribbon bar.
Ribbon - Distinguished Flying Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon bar of the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM), 32 millimetres wide with diagonal 3 millimetres wide purple and white bands, slanted downwards toward the left arm of the recipient, as worn.
Title Badge (India) 3rd class. Ribbon.jpg
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Title Badge (India) 1st class. Ribbon bar. Awarded to native Indians for loyal service by the British Raj.
Ribbon Bravery Star in Silver.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Bravery Star in Silver ribbon of the Azanian People's Liberation Army, 32 millimetres wide and red, with a 12 millimetres wide yellow band in the centre
Queen's South Africa Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The Queen's South Africa Medal ribbon, 32 millimetres wide, with a 7 millimetres wide red band and a 4 millimetres wide dark blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 10 millimetres wide orange band.
Ribbon - Operational Medal for Southern Africa.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Operational Medal for Southern Africa ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Azanian People's Liberation Army, 32 millimetres wide, with a 4 millimetres wide red band, an 8 millimetres wide green band and a 1 millimetre wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide black band in the centre.
Ribbon - Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct, Bronze.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct, Bronze ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark yellow, with three 4 millimetres wide green bands spaced 5 millimetres apart in the centre.
Ribbon - Service Medal in Gold.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Service Medal in Gold ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide and green, with a 4 millimetres wide black edge at left and a 4 millimetres wide yellow edge at right.
KMlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Korea Medal ribbon bar of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 6 millimetres wide orange band and a 5 millimetres wide dark blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 10 millimetres wide light blue band in the centre.
Ribbon - Efficiency Medal (South Africa).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Ribbon of the Efficiency Medal (South Africa), 32 mm wide and dark green, edged with 3 mm wide lime yellow bands.
UK Distinguished Conduct Medal ribbon.svg
UK Distinguished Conduct Medal ribbon bar.
UK George Medal ribbon.svg
UK George Medal ribbon bar.
Ribbon - Victory Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The Victory Medal ribbon, 38 millimetres wide with a "two rainbow" design, with the violet from each rainbow on the outside edges moving through to a central red stripe where both rainbows meet. Sized at 380x98px so as to display correctly alongside a 320x98px 32 millimetres wide ribbon. The other versions below are all displayed at 29 pixels high.
PSlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The iPhrothiya yeSiliva - Silver Protea ribbon of the South African National Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and national flag blue with a 2 millimetres wide white band, a 2 millimetres wide black band, a 2 millimetres wide gold band, a 2 millimetres wide black band and a 2 millimetres wide white band in the centre.
Ribbon - Meritorious Service Medal (Union).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Meritorious Service Medal (Union of South Africa 1914-1939), 32 mm wide with a 5 mm wide dark blue band, a 6½ mm wide dark red-violet band and a 2½ mm wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 4 mm wide dark blue band.
NGlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Nkwe ya Gauta - Golden Leopard ribbon bar of the South African National Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and sky blue with 6 millimetres wide yellow edges.
MTDlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Medalje vir Troue Diens ribbon of the South African National Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and national flag green, with a 3 millimetres wide national flag red band and a 3 millimetres wide white band on the left edge, and a 3 millimetres wide white band and a 3 millimetres wide national flag blue band on the right edge.
Ribbon - Closure Commemoration Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The Closure Commemoration Medal ribbon of the South African National Defence Force Commandos, 32 millimetres wide and green, with a 12 millimetres wide yellow band in the centre.
Order of Burma (United Kingdom) - ribbon bar.png
Author/Creator: McOleo, Licence: CC BY 3.0
Ribbon bar of the Order of Burma (United Kingdom)
CAlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Air Force Cross ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and white with a 12 millimetres wide centre band consisting of a 5 millimetres wide light blue band, a 2 millimetres wide yellow band and a 5 millimetres wide light blue band.
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Bronze.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Bronze ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and bronze coloured, with a single dark green band in the centre, 12 millimetres wide.
Ribbon - Defence Force Merit Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0

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Defence Force Merit Medal ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 12 millimetres wide dark blue band, an 8 millimetres wide dark yellow band and a 12 millimetres wide dark blue band.
Ribbon - Ciskei Defence Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Ciskei Defence Medal ribbon of the Ciskei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 10 millimetres wide blue band and a 4 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 4 millimetres wide black band in the centre.
Ribbon - Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, 32 millimetres wide with a 7 mm wide Navy blue band and a 3 mm wide dark red band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 12 mm wide dark green band.
Ribbon - South Africa Service Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The South Africa Service Medal ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Azanian People's Liberation Army, 32 millimetres wide, with a 4 millimetres wide blue band, an 8 millimetres wide yellow band and a 1 millimetre wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide red band in the centre.
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Bronze CF.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Bronze ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green, with a 1 millimetre wide band 2 millimetres from each side, in dark blue to indicate Citizen Force service.
Ribbon - Independence Medal (Bophuthatswana).png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Independence Medal ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with a 3 millimetres wide red band, an 8 millimetres wide dark blue band, a 4 millimetres wide dark yellow band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 2 millimetres wide green band.
Ribbon - Chief C.D.F. Commendation Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Chief C.D.F. Commendation Medal ribbon of the Ciskei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 5 millimetres wide green band, a 2 millimetres wide red band, a 5 millimetres wide yellow band and a 3 millimetres wide light blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 2 millimetres wide white band in the centre.
Ribbon - France and Germany Star.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the France and Germany Star, a British World War II military campaign medal, 32 millimetres wide with equal width dark blue, white, red, white and dark blue bands.
UK Albert Medal 1st class (Sea).png
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
UK Albert Medal 1st class (Sea) ribbon bar
Queen's Commendation for Bravery.png
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Ribbon device. For acts of bravery not in the presence of the enemy.
OBI 1838-1939.jpg
Author/Creator: unknown, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
KKKlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The National Cadet Bisley Grand Champion Medal ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and yellow with 6 millimetres wide dark green edges.
Ribbon - King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The King George V Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon, 32 millimetres wide, with a 3 millimetres wide dark blue band, a 2 millimetres wide white band and a 2 millimetres wide dark blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by an 18 millimetres wide maroon band.
Ribbon - Long Service Medal, Bronze.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Long Service Medal, Bronze ribbon of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green, with 4 millimetres wide blue edges and a 2 millimetres wide brown band in the centre.
UMlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Union Medal ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with three bands of orange, white and blue repeated three times, the outer orange and blue bands each 4 millimetres wide and the seven inner bands all approximately 3½ millimetres wide.
Ribbon - 1914 Star.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the 1914 Star as well as the 1914–15 Star, British World War I military campaign medals, 32 millimetres wide with equal width watered bands of red, white and blue
Ribbon Conspicuous Leadership Star.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Conspicuous Leadership Star ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide and red with two 6 millimetres wide brown bands in the centre, spaced 4 millimetres apart.
SSA2lint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Star of South Africa, Gold ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 35 millimetres wide and dark blue.
UNMlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Unitas Medal ribbon of the South African National Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with an 8 millimetres wide blue band and a 4 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by an 8 millimetres wide green band.
Sierra Leone Police Medal for Meritorious Service.png
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Ribbon bar: Sierra Leone Police Meritorious Service Medal (1961–71)
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Silver CF.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Silver ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green with two 1 millimetre wide bands, 2 millimetres from each side and spaced 1 millimetre apart, in dark blue to indicate Citizen Force service.
Rbn TDF Military Rule Medal.GIF
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Military Rule Medal ribbon of the Transkei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green, with a 2 millimetres wide white band, a 2 millimetres wide brown band and a 2 millimetres wide white band in the centre.
Ribbon - Service Medal in Bronze.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Service Medal in Bronze ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide with a 10 millimetres wide black band, a 12 millimetres wide green band and a 10 millimetres wide yellow band.
CNlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Navy Cross ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and white with a 12 millimetres wide Navy blue centre band.
Royal Guelphic Order.png
Author/Creator: Ericalford, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Royal Guelphic Order ribbon bar
King's South Africa Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The King's South Africa Medal ribbon, 32 millimetres wide, with an 11 millimetres wide green band, a 10 millimetres wide white band and an 11 millimetres wide orange band.
United Kingdom Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg
Author/Creator: F l a n k e r, Licence: CC BY 3.0
United Kingdom Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon
Ribbon - Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Cape).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Cape of Good Hope), 32 mm wide and crimson with a 4 mm wide yellow band in the centre.
Ribbon Gallantry Cross, Silver.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Gallantry Cross, Silver ribbon of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark brown with 4 millimetres wide dark blue edges and a 4 millimetres wide white band in the centre
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Silver C.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Silver ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green with two 1 millimetre wide bands, 2 millimetres from each side and spaced 1 millimetre apart, in orange to indicate Commando service.
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Silver.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Silver ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and white with two dark green bands in the centre, each 6 millimetres wide and spaced 6 millimetres apart.
GBR Family Order Elizabeth II BAR.png
Author/Creator: Mboro, Licence: CC0
Ribbon bar (not worn): Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II – UK.
Ribbon BDF Marumo Medal Class I.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Marumo Medal, Class I ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 2 millimetres wide green band, a 9 millimetres wide dark blue band, a 1 millimetre wide green band, a 1 millimetre wide dark blue band and a 2½ millimetres wide dark red band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 1 millimetre wide green band in the centre.
CGM (Flying) UK ribbon.png
Author/Creator: Image sourced from 'Medals of the World' website: http://www.medals.org.uk/index.htm, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Ribbon og the British Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (flying)
Ribbon - Decoration for Merit in Gold.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Decoration for Merit in Gold ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue with a 12 millimetres wide yellow band in the centre.
LWMlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Louw Wepener Medal ribbon bar of the South African Defence Force, 1 3⁄8 inches (35 millimetres) wide and orange, with four white bands, all 1⁄16 inch (1.6 millimetres) wide and spaced 7⁄32 inch (5.6 millimetres) apart.
NSlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Nkwe ya Selefera - Silver Leopard ribbon of the South African National Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and sky blue with 6 millimetres wide white edges.
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Gold CF.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Gold ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green, with three 1 millimetre wide bands, 2 millimetres from each side and spaced 1 millimetre apart, in dark blue to indicate Citizen Force service.
Ribbon - Military Cross.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon bar of the Military Cross (MC), 32 millimetres wide with a 10 mm wide white band, a 12 mm wide dark purple band and a 10 mm wide white band.
Ribbon - Nkwe Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Nkwe Medal ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 4 millimetres wide red band, a 2 millimetres wide white band and a 4 millimetres wide red band, repeated and separated by a 12 millimetres wide yellow band in the centre.
Sierra Leone Police Medal for Gallantry.png
Author/Creator: Ericalford, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Sierra Leone Police Medal for Gallantry ribbon bar
Ribbon - Sir Harry Smith's Medal for Gallantry.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of Sir Harry Smith's Medal for Gallantry of 1851, 32 millimetres wide with 7 millimetres wide brownish red bands, separated by an 18 millimetres wide dark blue band.
TIlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Tshumelo Ikatelaho - General Service Medal ribbon of the South African National Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with a 5 millimetres wide national flag blue band, a 2 millimetres wide white band, a 6 millimetres wide national flag red band, a 1½ millimetres wide gold band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 3 millimetres wide black band in the centre.
PMDlint.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Pro Merito Decoration ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue with a 4 millimetres wide white band in the centre.
Ribbon - Medal for Distinguished Conduct & Loyal Service 3.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Military medal ribbon of the Medal for Distinguished Conduct & Loyal Service, used from 1994 to 2003 and awarded to members of the South African Defence Force after 40 years loyal service. A 9 carat gold medal displaying the coat of arms, until 1994 suspended on a dark green ribbon with a centre band in the orange, white and blue of the pre-1994 national flag between two narrow white bands. In 1994 the ribbon was replaced with a ribbon showing the colours of the post-1994 flag, 32 millimetres wide and green, with a single multicoloured band in the centre consisting of red, white, black, yellow and blue bands, all five bands 2 millimetres wide.
Ribbon - Military Merit Medal (South Africa).png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Military Merit Medal ribbon bar of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with dark blue and light blue bands, both 5 millimetres wide, a dark orange band 12 millimetres wide, and light blue and dark blue bands, both 5 millimetres wide. The colours are those of the three Arms of the Service prior to the formation of the South African Medical Service as a separate fourth Arm, dark orange for the Army, light blue for the Air Force and dark blue for the Navy.
Ribbon Defence Force Merit Decoration.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Defence Force Merit Decoration ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue.
Ad Astra Decoration.jpg
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Ribbon of the Ad Astra Decoration, post-nominal letters AAD, 32 millimetres wide with diagonal 4 millimetres wide light blue and white bands, slanted upwards toward the left shoulder of the recipient.
Mention in despatches silver ribbon device.png
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
British mention in dispatches silver oak leaf worn on the appropriate campaign medal ribbon. Introduced in 1993.
Ribbon - South African Medal for War Services.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the South African Medal for War Services, 32 millimetres wide with three equal width bands of red, white and dark blue.
King's African Rifles Distinguished Conduct Medal Ribbon.gif
King's African Rifles Distinguished Conduct Medal Ribbon
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service.png
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Ribbon device. Awarded for meritorious service in an operational theatre.
Ribbon - Defence Force Commendation Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Defence Force Commendation Medal ribbon bar of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and cobalt blue, with two 4 millimetres wide yellow bands in the centre, spaced 8 millimetres apart.
Kaisar-i-Hind Medal.gif
Author/Creator: Image sourced from 'Medals of the World' website: http://www.medals.org.uk/index.htm, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Ribbon of the Kaisar-i-Hind Medal
Ceylon Police Medal for Gallantry.png
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Ribbon bar of the Ceylon Police Medal for Gallantry
ImperialOrderCrownIndiaRibbon.svg
Author/Creator: Manually Converted by Houdinipeter, Licence: CC BY 4.0
Ribbon of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India
Ribbon - Union of South Africa King's Medal for Bravery.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The Union of South Africa King's Medal for Bravery and Union of South Africa Queen's Medal for Bravery (Gold and Silver) ribbon, 44 millimetres wide and dark blue with 4½ millimetres wide dark orange edges.
Ribbon - Service Medal in Silver.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Service Medal in Silver ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide and green, with an 8 millimetres wide black edge at left and an 8 millimetres wide yellow edge at right.
UK Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service device.svg
Author/Creator: , Licence: CC BY 3.0
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (UK) for wearing without a medal ribbon
Waterloo Medal BAR.svg
Author/Creator: Orem (wiki-pl: Orem, commons: Orem), Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
This W3C-unspecified vector image was created with Inkscape.
UK Military Medal ribbon.svg
UK Military Medal ribbon bar.
Ribbon - Air Efficiency Award.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Ribbon of the Air Efficiency Award, 38 mm wide with a 13½ mm wide dark green band and a 4 mm wide pale blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 3 mm wide dark green band.
1000px ribbon bar of the Order of Maria Anna.svg
Author/Creator: Blackcat, Licence: CC0
Ribbon bar of the Order of Maria Anna
Ribbon - Long Service Medal, Silver.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Long Service Medal, Silver ribbon of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 4 millimetres wide blue band and a 10 millimetres wide green band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 4 millimetres wide white band.
Lint voor Verwonding SAR.gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The Lint voor Verwonding (Wound Riband) in the South African Republic (Transvaal) orientation, 38 mm wide with a 3 mm wide red band, a 14½ mm wide green band, a 4 mm wide white band, a 14½ mm wide orange band and a 3 mm wide blue band.
Ribbon Star for Conspicuous Leadership.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Star for Conspicuous Leadership ribbon of the Azanian People's Liberation Army, 32 millimetres wide and red with a 12 millimetres wide dark brown band in the centre.
Ribbon - Air Force Cross.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon bar of the Air Force Cross (AFC), 32 millimetres wide with diagonal 4 millimetres wide red and white bands, slanted downwards toward the left arm of the recipient, as worn.
Ribbon - Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst (OFS).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst, a South African military good service decoration, in the Orange Free State orientation, 32 millimetres wide with a 3 mm wide white band, a 7 mm wide orange band, a 12 mm wide blue band, a 7 mm wide green band and a 3 mm wide red band.
Ribbon - Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Medal, 32 mm wide with an 11½ mm wide crimson band and a 2½ mm wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 4 mm wide dark blue band.
Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal Ribbon 100px.png
Author/Creator: AusTerrapin, Licence: CC BY-SA 2.5 au
Ribbon of the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM)
Ribbon - Venda Defence Force Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Defence Force Medal ribbon of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 10 millimetres wide red band, a 2 millimetres wide blue band, a 2 millimetres wide green band, a 4 millimetres wide yellow band, a 2 millimetres wide green band, a 2 millimetres wide blue band and a 10 millimetres wide red band.
Ribbon - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon bar of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) (CGM), 32 millimetres wide with a 5 mm wide dark blue band, a 22 mm wide light blue band and a 5 mm wide dark blue band.
Ribbon - Gold Service Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Gold Service Medal ribbon of the Azanian People's Liberation Army, 32 millimetres wide, with a 4 millimetres wide black band and a 2 millimetres wide yellow band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 20 millimetres wide green band in the centre.
Ribbon - Kimberley Star.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Kimberley Star, 25 millimetres (1 inch) wide with an 8 millimetres wide black band, a 3 millimetres wide red band, a 3 millimetres wide white band, a 3 millimetres wide dark blue band and an 8 millimetres wide yellow band.
Lint Indische Orde van Verdienste Indian Order of Merit.jpg
Author/Creator: No machine-readable author provided. Robert Prummel assumed (based on copyright claims)., Licence: CC BY-SA 2.5

Eigen tekening Own drawing Robert Prummel

Maart 2007
Rbn TDF Cross for Bravery.GIF
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Cross for Bravery ribbon of the Transkei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and red with a 2 millimetres wide white band 2 millimetres from each edge
Ribbon - Atlantic Star.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Atlantic Star, a British World War II military campaign medal, 32 millimetres wide with shaded and watered bands of dark blue, white and sea-green.
Ribbon - Distinguished Service Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon bar of the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), 32 millimetres wide with a 9½ mm wide dark blue band and a 6 mm wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 1 mm wide dark blue band.
Ribbon - Southern Cross Medal (1986).gif
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
Southern Cross Medal (1975) of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 4½ millimetres wide white band, a 9 millimetres wide dark blue band and a 1 millimetre wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 3 millimetres wide dark blue band in the centre. This ribbon was introduced in 1986.
Ribbon - Pro Merito Medal (1967).png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Original ribbon of the Pro Merito Medal (1967) of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with dark blue, orange, white and dark blue bands, all 3¼ millimetres wide, and an orange band, 1½ millimetres wide, repeated in reverse order and separated by a white band in the centre, 3 millimetres wide. This ribbon was replaced in 1968.
Ribbon - SAR & OFS War Medal (OFS).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Medalje voor de Anglo-Boeroorlog (South African Republic & Orange Free State War Medal), a South African military campaign medal, in the Orange Free State orientation, 32 mm wide with an 11½ mm wide orange band, a 3 mm blue band, a 3 mm white band, a 3 mm red band and an 11½ mm green band.
Ribbon - Honoris Crux (1952).gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Honoris Crux (1952) ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 3 millimetres wide red band, a 2 millimetres wide white band, a 22 millimetres wide dark green band, a 2 millimetres wide white band and a 3 millimetres wide red band.
Ribbon - Sandile Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Sandile Medal ribbon of the Ciskei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 5 millimetres wide red band and a 9 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 4 millimetres wide green band in the centre.
Ribbon - British Empire Medal (Military).png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The military ribbon bar of the British Empire Medal (BEM), 32 millimetres wide with a 2 mm wide pearl-grey band and a 13 mm wide rose-pink band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 2 mm wide pearl-grey band. The civil version is the same, but without the centre band. Rose-pink was used to colour the territories of the British Empire on contemporary world maps.
Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service ribbon.png
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service ribbon
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Silver PF.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Silver ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green with two 1 millimetre wide bands, 2 millimetres from each side and spaced 1 millimetre apart, in white to indicate Permanent Force service.
Distinguished Flying Medal ribbon.svg
Author/Creator: This vector image was created with Inkscape by F l a n k e r, and then manually replaced, Licence: CC BY 3.0
Distinguished Flying Medal ribbon
Ribbon - King George V Coronation Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The King George V Coronation Medal ribbon, 32 millimetres wide, with an 11½ millimetres wide dark blue band and a 3½ millimetres wide dark red band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 2 millimetres wide dark blue band.
Burma Gallantry Medal ribbon.PNG
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Ribbon bar of the Burma Gallantry Medal
Ribbon Cape Copper Company Medal for the Defence of O'okiep.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Cape Copper Company Medal for the Defence of O'okiep, 1¼ inches wide and dark bronze coloured with a ¼ inch wide dark green band in the centre.
Ribbon - SADF Champion Shot Medal.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The SADF Champion Shot Medal ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 6 millimetres wide light blue band and a 7 millimetres wide dark orange band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide navy blue band in the centre.
Rbn TDF Faithful Service Medal.GIF
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Faithful Service Medal ribbon bar of the Transkei Defence Force. Three different ribbon versions are known. This one, the known official ribbon as worn by TDF members, is 32 millimetres wide, with an 11 millimetres wide dark blue band, a 10 millimetres wide sky blue band and an 11 millimetres wide red band.
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Gold.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Gold ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green, with two yellow bands, each 7 millimetres wide and spaced 6 millimetres apart.
CGM UK ribbon.png
Author/Creator: Image sourced from 'Medals of the World' website: http://www.medals.org.uk/index.htm, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Ribbon og the Brithish Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service.png
Author/Creator: Ericalford, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service ribbon bar
Ord.fam.EdwardVII.JPG
Royal Familiar Order of King Edward VII - Ribbon
Ribbon - Mercantile Marine War Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Mercantile Marine War Medal, a British World War I military campaign medal, 32 millimetres wide with a 13½ millimetres wide green band, a 5 millimetres wide white band and a 13½ millimetres wide red band, representing the starboard and port running lights with the masthead steaming light in the centre.
UK Victoria Cross ribbon bar.svg
UK Victoria Cross ribbon bar.
Sierra Leone Fire Brigades Medal for Meritorious Service.png
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Ribbon bar: Sierra Leone Fire Brigades Meritorious Service Medal ribbon bar (1961–71)
Ribbon - King George VI Coronation Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The King George VI Coronation Medal ribbon, 32 millimetres wide, with a 3 millimetres wide white band, a 2½ millimetres wide red band and a 1½ millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by an 18 millimetres wide dark blue band.
DSO1.jpg
Canadian Soldier with his Distinguished Service Order
Ribbon - Distinguished Service Medal, Silver.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Distinguished Service Medal, Silver ribbon of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 3 millimetres wide dark green band, a 2 millimetres wide brown band and a 9 millimetres wide dark blue band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 4 millimetres wide white band.
Rbn TDF Medal.GIF
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Transkei Defence Force Medal ribbon of the Transkei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide, with a 4 millimetres wide red band and a 4 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 16 millimetres wide dark blue band.
Ribbon - Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal, 32 millimetres wide and dark blue with a pale yellow band in the centre, with all three bands of equal width.
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Gold C.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Gold ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green, with three 1 millimetre wide bands, 2 millimetres from each side and spaced 1 millimetre apart, in orange to indicate Commando service.
Mauritius Police Medal for Meritorious Service.png
Author/Creator: Hsq7278, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Ribbon of the Mauritius Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Awarded after 1968 until 1992 when Mauritius became a republic and instituted new decorations.
Volunteer Decoration (UK) ribbon.png
Ribbon for the Volunteer Decoration
Ribbon - Sandile Decoration.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Sandile Decoration ribbon of the Ciskei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 5 millimetres wide red band and a 9 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 4 millimetres wide red band in the centre.
Ribbon Gallantry Cross, Gold.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Gallantry Cross, Gold ribbon of the Venda Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark brown with 4 millimetres wide dark blue edges
UK Albert Medal 2nd class (Sea).png
Author/Creator: EricSerge, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0
UK Albert Medal 2nd class (Sea) ribbon bar
Ribbon - Good Service Medal, Bronze C.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Good Service Medal, Bronze ribbon of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and green, with a 1 millimetre wide band 2 millimetres from each side, in orange to indicate Commando service.
Ribbon Distinguished Gallantry Cross.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Distinguished Gallantry Cross ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark red
Ribbon - Italy Star.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Italy Star, a British World War II military campaign medal, 32 millimetres wide with a 7 millimetres wide red band and a 6 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide green band.
Ribbon Star for Bravery in Silver.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
Star for Bravery in Silver ribbon of Umkhonto we Sizwe, 32 millimetres wide and red, with two 6 millimetres wide gold bands in the centre, spaced 4 millimetres apart.
Ribbon - Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct, Silver.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct, Silver ribbon of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and dark yellow, with two 4 millimetres wide green bands spaced 8 millimetres apart in the centre.
UK MID 1920-94.svg
UK Mentioned in Despatches oak leaf device (bronze: 1920-1994).
Ribbon - Africa Star.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon of the Africa Star, a British World War II military campaign medal, 32 millimetres wide with a 5 millimetres wide pale buff band, a 1½ millimetres wide Navy blue band, a 5 millimetres wide pale buff band, a 9 millimetres wide Army red band, a 5 millimetres wide pale buff band, a 1½ millimetres wide Air Force blue band and a 5 millimetres wide pale buff band.
PBlint.gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The iPhrothiya yeBhronzi - Bronze Protea ribbon of the South African National Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and national flag blue, with four 2 millimetres wide white bands separated by three 2 millimetres wide black bands in the centre.
OBI 1939-1947 2.jpg
Author/Creator: unknown, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Ribbon - Distinguished Service Order.png
Author/Creator: Col André Kritzinger, Licence: CC0
The ribbon bar of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), 32 millimetres wide and dark crimson with 7 millimetres wide Navy blue edges.
IPhrothiya yeGolide Ribbon Bar.svg
Author/Creator: Jack Ryan Morris, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
IPhrothiya yeGolide Ribbon Bar
Ribbon - President's Medal for Shooting.png
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0
The President's Medal for Shooting ribbon of the Ciskei Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide with a 3 millimetres wide white band, a 10 millimetres wide green band and a 2 millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 2 millimetres wide black band in the centre.
Ribbon - Pro Merito Medal (1968).gif
(c) Col André Kritzinger, CC BY-SA 3.0

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Replacement ribbon of the Pro Merito Medal (1967) of the South African Defence Force, 32 millimetres wide and sky blue, divided in the centre by five bands of orange, white, dark blue, white and orange, the dark blue band 3 millimetres wide and the other four all 1½ millimetres wide. This ribbon was instituted in 1968.
Queens Police Medal for Merit.png
Author/Creator: Megan Robertson, Licence: CC BY-SA 2.5
Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service (UK) medal ribbon