Medal abbreviations info request and a moan

Discussion in 'Medals' started by Efargee20, Dec 1, 2005.

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  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. 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
     
  4. You don't - only certain medals ond orders attract post-nominal letters.
     
  5. Try GM, and QGJM

    No need to mention clasps etc, thus you could have

    Inf/MP VC, DCM, MM, GSM, GM, QGJM
     
  6. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    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.
     
  8. Cycling Proficiency CP
     
  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
     
  10. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    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. 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"
     
  12. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    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. Slightly off my own topic but wouldnt you say "won" the Burma Star/ Gulf Medal etc?
     
  14. No you wouldn't. You are awarded medals.