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Medal abbreviations info request and a moan

#1
Can anyone enlighten me to the abbreviations for the following medals please.

1. First Gulf war

2. Queens Golden Jubilee Medal

I've been on the phone to JPAC and on the 21st of Nov this year 2005 they told me someone would call me back in 24 hrs with a result. I was given a ref number at the same time. Guess what? Im still waiting. These days it seems that more people are employed in mutual back slapping ang striving to win awards like IIP etc etc when they should remember why they are really there.

More Jolly Japes with Effy later

Efargee20
 
#2
Efargee20 said:
Can anyone enlighten me to the abbreviations for the following medals please.

1. First Gulf war

2. Queens Golden Jubilee Medal

I've been on the phone to JPAC and on the 21st of Nov this year 2005 they told me someone would call me back in 24 hrs with a result. I was given a ref number at the same time. Guess what? Im still waiting. These days it seems that more people are employed in mutual back slapping ang striving to win awards like IIP etc etc when they should remember why they are really there.

More Jolly Japes with Effy later

Efargee20
Current system
000730 GULF MEDAL 1990-1991
000731 GULF CLASP16 JAN-28 FEB91
002518 QUEENS GOLDEN JUBILEE MEDAL 2002

They are not abbreviated.

JPAC
The Gulf Medal 1990-91
The Gulf Medal 1990-91 with Clasp 16 Jan to 28 Feb 91
Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
 
#3
Thanks for info "at ease", so how do you write these 2 medals after a persons name for an obituary then? Any help greatly appreciated.

Efargee20
 
#6
None of these medals are used as post-nominals, and so there is no need to abbreviate them. In an obituary, they would be mentioned in the narrative.

Definately not GM (which is the post-nominal for the George Medal).



Edited to moan about the 'database error' which allowed Darth to get in first!
 
#7
Just to round this out, the following is the complete list of 'post noms' that are authorised:

  • Victoria Cross VC
    George Cross GC
    Knight of the Order of the Garter KG
    Knight of the Thistle KT
    Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath GCB
    Order of Merit OM
    Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India GCSI
    Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George GCMG
    Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire GCIE
    Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order GCVO
    Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire GBE
    Companion of Honour CH
    Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath KCB
    Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath DCB
    Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India KCSI
    Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George KCMG
    Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George DCMG
    Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire KCIE
    Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KCVO
    Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order DCVO
    Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire KBE
    Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire DBE
    Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
    Companion of the Order of the Star of India CSI
    Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMG
    Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire CIE
    Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CVO
    Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
    Distinguished Service Order DSO
    Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order LVO
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
    Imperial Service Order ISO
    Member of the Royal Victorian Order MVO
    Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
    Indian Order of Merit (Military) IOM
    Royal Red Cross RRC
    Distinguished Service Cross DSC
    Military Cross MC
    Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
    Air Force Cross AFC
    Associate, Royal Red Cross ARRC
    Order of British India OBI
    Distinguished Conduct Medal DCM
    Conspicuous Gallantry Medal CGM
    George Medal GM
    Distinguished Conduct Medal of the Royal West African Frontier Force and the King's African Rifles DCM
    Indian Distinguished Service Medal IDSM
    Distinguished Service Medal DSM
    Military Medal MM
    Distinguished Flying Medal DFM
    Air Force Medal AFM
    Medal for Saving Life at Sea SGM
    Indian Order of Merit (Civil) IOM
    Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry CPM
    Queen's Gallantry Medal QGM
    British Empire Medal BEM
    King's Police Medal KPM
    King's Police and Fire Service Medal KPFSM
    Queen's Police Medal QPM
    Queen's Fire Medal QFSM
    Colonial Police Medal for Merit CPM
    Meritorious Service Medal MSM
    Army Emergency Reserve Decoration ERD
    Volunteer Officer's Decoration VD
    Territorial Decoration TD
    Efficiency Decoration ED
    Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve RD
    Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve VRD
    Air Efficiency Award AE
    Canadian Forces Decoration CD

If you want more info, check Debrett's.
 
#9
Thanks to all. And a special mention to Moving Target Survivor - I have a scene in my head at Sennelager (probably the worst Lager in the world) on the ranges with you cycling across the area with a target on yourt handlebars. Cheers

Efargee20 CP
 

BuggerAll

LE
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#10
If you are mentiong medals in an obit I would have thought you would need to say something along the lines of: XXX was awarded the Gulf Medal with clasp 16 JAN-28 FEB91 and the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal. If you use abbreviations a lot of your readers may not understand it anyway. If its for an exclusivly military readership them 'Gulf Medal and bar and QGJM' will be enough. As mentioned above these are not post nominals.
 
#11
sknn said:
If you are mentiong medals in an obit I would have thought you would need to say something along the lines of: XXX was awarded the Gulf Medal with clasp 16 JAN-28 FEB91 and the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal. If you use abbreviations a lot of your readers may not understand it anyway. If its for an exclusivly military readership them 'Gulf Medal and bar and QGJM' will be enough. As mentioned above these are not post nominals.
hmmm would you say awarded ? I mean when war vets die they don't get "was awarded 1939 blah star" or similar. Surely it should read "he saw service in the Kuwait during the Gulf War etc"
 

BuggerAll

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#12
I've seen obits that say 'was awarded the 39-45 star etc for service in WW2... or could say 'got the Gulf Medal...' or 'had the..' but it strikes me as happy/gladding. 'Awarded' is not a bad word to use when describing medals. You cauld also describe the chaps service, but the question in this thread was about medals.
 
#13
sknn said:
I've seen obits that say 'was awarded the 39-45 star etc for service in WW2... or could say 'got the Gulf Medal...' or 'had the..' but it strikes me as happy/gladding. 'Awarded' is not a bad word to use when describing medals. You cauld also describe the chaps service, but the question in this thread was about medals.
Slightly off my own topic but wouldnt you say "won" the Burma Star/ Gulf Medal etc?
 

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