|List of Fleet
Air Arm Honours and Awards 1939-1945
(The Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service)
awarded to FAA Personnel
TERMSThis medal replaced the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (1917-1922) and had a military and a civil division. The medal was awarded for meritorious service which warranted such a mark of royal appreciation.
After the Empire Gallantry Medal (EGM) was superseded by the George Cross, the BEM continued to be awarded for gallantry (but of a degree less than that required to earn the George Medal).
BARBars could be awarded for services or acts that would have earned the medal. After 1957, when the medal was awarded or gallantry, a silver oak leaf emblem was worn on the ribbon to signify that the award was for gallantry and not for service.
RIBBONOriginally The civil ribbon was purple (1.25" wide). The military ribbon had a narrow central red stripe added.
Current (after 1937) The civil ribbon is rose-pink with pear-grey edges (1.25" wide). The military ribbon has a narrow, pearl-grey central stripe added.
DATESThe medal was created by Royal Warrant on 29 December 1922.
The first award of the BEM to a Canadian was on 26 January 1935.
The EGM was superseded by the George Cross on 24 September 1940 and the BEM was thereafter awarded for gallantry as well as service.
Since 06 December 1957, a silver oak leaf has been worn to signify an award for gallantry.
NAMINGMilitary awards have the service number, full name and unit or service engraved and civil awards usually have the names in full engraved around the rim.
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