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    Queen’s Commendation – Civilian

    The Queen’s Commendation for Bravery: Generally awarded for brave conduct; a spray of laurel leaves in silver. For the award of a Mention in Despatches (MID) and King’s (or later Queen’s) Commendations until 1920 was bronze and worn on the riband of the Victory Medal. The Commendations are awarded to mark specific acts of gallantry. The awards were discontinued in Australia in 1982 and replaced by an equivalent award in the Australian Honours System.

    Queen’s (King’s) Commendation for Brave Conduct:
    Instituted in 1939 by King George VI to acknowledge brave acts by civilians and members of the military in non-warlike circumstances during a time of war or in peacetime where the action would not otherwise be recognised by an existing award. In 1954 it became the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct. There is no ribbon, but the award was evidenced by a certificate and in the first stages, by a gold and red coloured badge bearing the design of a sword in a wreath, surmounted by a crown. The badge was replaced at a later stage by another badge – in the form a silver oak leaf for civilians and a bronze oak leaf for the military – the leaves being attached to the ribbon of the War Medal or Defence Medal if held by the recipient. The Commendation has been awarded to 405 Australians including 286 civilians. The award was discontinued for Australians in 1982 and is effectively replaced by the Commendation for Brave Conduct in the Australian Bravery Decorations.

    Queen’s (King’s) Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air:
    Instituted in 1939 by King George VI and continued to 1994 when replaced by the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air. Awarded for ‘gallantry or for meritorious service while in the air on the part of civilians or members of the military forces, whether in war or peace where the action did not merit the award of the Air Force Cross or Air Force Medal’. There is no entitlement to a post-nominal and there is no specific ribbon for the award. The award is worn on the uniform in the form of a silver badge below any medal ribbons held

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    Mentioned In Despatches WWI

    Mentioned In Despatches 1914-1920: The MID is a special clasp to signify a mention in despatches from the front. It was instituted during World War 1 and continued being awarded for active service right up until 20 AUG 1920. Sometimes erroneously called an oak leaf, the MID for service in this period, is worn on the Victory Medal and consisted of a single broad spray of oak leaves.

    Note: The letters MID can not used as a post-nominal.

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    Mentioned In Despatches WWII

    Mentioned in Despatches: Although generally regarded as the MID for World War II (and up until 1994), this commendation was actually awarded from 20 AUG 1920 (following the cessation of the issue of the previous design won during WW1). Post 1920, for the issue of a Kings’ Commendation for Brave Conduct or a Mention in Despatches, a bronze emblem of a single oak leaf was worn on the appropriate medal riband; either the General Service Medal 1918-62, the Naval General Service Medal 1915-62 or the War Medal 1939-45. In Australia the emblem is also worn for Viet Nam service on the Vietnam Medal and subsequent campaign medals.

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    Commendation for Brave Conduct

    The Commendation for Brave Conduct: Conferred for other acts of bravery that do not merit the issue of the Bravery Medal that are considered worthy of recognition.

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    Bravery Medal

    The Australian Bravery Medal: Established in February 1975 it is awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. The Bravery Medal is a bronze medal ensigned with the Crown of Saint Edward in bronze and surmounted by the shield and crest of the Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia The Medal is suspended from a ribbon by a bar inscribed “FOR BRAVERY”. The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide and has 15 alternating stripes of blood-red and magenta. The Bravery Medal may be awarded posthumously and ranks after the Star of Courage but before the Commendation for Brave Conduct. Awards of the Bravery Medal are usually gazetted twice yearly. Most have been awarded to civilians and but a number have been awarded to service personnel for incidents that occurred both on and off duty.

    We don’t ‘nickel and dime’ you by supplying scant, unusable riband lengths, or worse, making riband a hidden-in-the-fine-print optional extra – every medal comes with 250mm of riband (full size) and 150mm (miniature). Ample for a complete professional court mount.

    $22.73
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    Distinguished Service Medal 1991

    The Australian Distinguished Service Medal: Awarded for distinguished leadership in action.

    We don’t ‘nickel and dime’ you by supplying scant, unusable riband lengths, or worse, making riband a hidden-in-the-fine-print optional extra – every medal comes with 250mm of riband (full size) and 150mm (miniature). Ample for a complete professional court mount.

    $20.62
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    Medal for Gallantry

    The Australian Medal for Gallantry: Awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances. The award was established on January 15, 1991 as part of three new military gallantry decorations introduced in the Australian system of honours and awards. Issued to members of the Defence Force and others. In the order of precedence it ranks after the Star of Gallantry but before the Commendation for Gallantry. Subsequent awards to the same person will be made in the form of a Bar. It may be awarded posthumously. The Medal for Gallantry is a circular silver-gilt medal 38 millimetres in diameter ensigned with a Crown of Saint Edward in silver-gilt. The obverse bears a central device of a Federation Star superimposed on a circle of flames representing action under fire. The reverse bears a horizontal panel 28 millimetres across and 9 millimetres high, superimposed over a design of fluted rays of varying lengths. The Medal is suspended from a ribbon 32 millimetres wide and has chevrons of deep orange 1.75 millimetres wide alternating with chevrons of light orange 3.25 millimetres wide angled at 60 degrees.

    We don’t ‘nickel and dime’ you by supplying scant, unusable riband lengths, or worse, making riband a hidden-in-the-fine-print optional extra – every medal comes with 250mm of riband (full size) and 150mm (miniature). Ample for a complete professional court mount.

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    Champion Shots Medal

    Champion Shots Medal for annual target shooting with standard-issue weapons carried by each branch of the services, Army, Navy and Air Force. The medal is a 38mm diameter bronze circle with a crwon of St Edward suspender. The obverse shows a vertical central panel upon which are depicted a pair of crossed rifles superimposed over the southern cross. The reverse is plain. The riband is 32mm wide with a cnetral band of dark blue, flanked by red on each side and the outer edges are light blue. Bars are issued each year and subsequent awards are date bars. Multiple bars are not uncommon.

    We don’t ‘nickel and dime’ you by supplying scant, unusable riband lengths, or worse, making riband a hidden-in-the-fine-print optional extra – every medal comes with 250mm of riband (full size) and 150mm (miniature). Ample for a complete professional court mount. See full description below for more …

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    British Empire Medal

    This 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. Civil division: The medal was not awarded to members of, or persons eligible for appointment to, any of the five levels of the Order of the British Empire. Military division: The medal was awarded to subordinate personnel only: non-commissioned officers. Petty Officers and men, who were eligible for the military division of the various levels of this order. 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). With the institution of the Queen’s Gallantry Medal (a medal not awarded to Canadians), the award of the BEM and later admitted to the order could continued to wear the BEM. A thin, circular, silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter. Britannia is shown seated on the obverse, the sun to her right and the legend around the edge: FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE and in exergue below: FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE. Reverse: The Royal Cypher surmounted by a crown with the words: INSTITUTED BY/KING GEROGE V at the bottom within a border of four heraldic lions. The laurel leaves on the underside of a straight bar attached to the medal by a single-toe claw. Originally the civil ribbon was purple (1.25″ wide). The military ribbon had a narrow central red stripe added. Currently (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.

    $31.82

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