The Officers and Men and Women of the ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY SERVICE have been honoured by their Sovereign, the Heads of State of other countries, their Commander in Chief and other worthy international organisations for their gallantry, bravery, distinguished, valuable or meritorious service in conflicts and elsewhere, in war and peace at sea for over one hundred and nine years.
 
1905 – 2014
 
We record with pride those men and women who have been so honoured for their actions or service
in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service.

 

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Civil CBEMilitary CBEThe Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.  The Order, with five classes, includes the following.

 

Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

 

The appointment to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire at this level permits the usage of a post-nominal CBE.

Appointment to the order is made in the Civil and Military Divisions.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been appointed as Commanders of the Order.

DSOThe Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat.

The DSO was instituted on 6 September 1886 by Queen Victoria in a Royal Warrant published on 9 November of that year.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been appointed as Companions of the Order.

 

OBE MilitaryOBE CivilThe Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order, with five classes, includes

Officer

The appointment to the Order at this level permits the usage of a post-nominal OBE.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been appointed as Officers of the Order

 

mbe-civilMBE_MilitaryThe Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.

Member

The appointment to the Order at this level permits the usage of a post-nominal MBE.

Appointment to the order is made in both Civil and Military Divisions.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been appointed as Members of the Order

MVO

The Royal Victorian Order is a dynastic order of knighthood recognising distinguished personal service to the order's Sovereign, the reigning monarch of the Commonwealth realms, any members of their family, or any of their viceroys. Established in 1896, the order's chapel is the Savoy Chapel, its official day is 20 June, and its motto is Victoria, alluding to the society's founder, Queen Victoria.

 

 

DSCThe Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) was originally created in 1901 as the Conspicuous Service Cross as a military decoration awarded to officers and (since 1993) ratings of the Royal Navy and formerly also to officers of other Commonwealth countries.

The DSC, which may be awarded posthumously, is granted to Royal Navy personnel in recognition of '... gallantry during active operations against the enemy.'

It was renamed the Distinguished Service Cross in October 1914, eligibility being extended to all naval officers (commissioned and warrant) below the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

The award of this medal permits the usage of a post-nominal DSC. The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

 

Albert Medal


The Albert Medal was instituted by Royal Warrant on 7 March 1866. The medal was named in memory of the Prince Albert and was awarded by the Sovereign to recognize gallantry when saving life at sea or on land.

In 1971, the Albert Medal was discontinued and all living recipients were invited to exchange their awards for the George Cross

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Albert Medal.

George MedalThe George Medal was instituted on 24 September 1940 by King George VI. The medal is granted in recognition of "acts of great bravery." The George Medal was originally not issued posthumously, however the warrant was amended in 1977 for such awards, several of which have been subsequently made.

The award of this medal permits the usage of a post-nominal GM.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the George Medal.

 

Distinguished Service MedalThe Distinguished Service Medal was established on 14 October 1914 as a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Royal Navy and members of the other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, up to and including the rank of Chief Petty Officer, for bravery and resourcefulness on active service at sea.

The award of this medal permits the usage of a post-nominal DSM.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Sea Gallantry Medal

 

The Sea Gallantry Medal is the official Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea and is an award for civil gallantry at sea in Great Britain and the Commonwealth. The medal is awarded in Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The award of this medal permits the usage of a post-nominal SGM.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Sea Gallantry Medal in Silver and Bronze.

 

Queen’s Gallantry MedalThe Queen’s Gallantry Medal was instituted on the 20 June 1974 to replace the British Empire Medal and other awards within the Order of the British Empire such as the MBE and OBE with oak leaves.

The medal is awarded for "exemplary acts of bravery", and is primarily a civilian medal, although military personnel can receive it for acts not in the face of the enemy. The award of this medal permits the usage of a post-nominal QGM.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

 

British Empire Medal CivilBritish Empire Medal MilitaryThe British Empire Medal (Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service) is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the crown.

The award of this medal permits the usage of a post-nominal BEM.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Polar Medal The Polar Medal is a medal awarded by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom, which was originally instituted in 1857 as the Arctic Medal.  Originally the medal came in both silver and bronze; the bronze medal was awarded to the crews of relief ships for Antarctic expeditions. No bronze medals have been awarded for Arctic expeditions. Today the medal is only awarded in silver.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Polar Medal in Bronze.

 

 

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID) is a military award for gallantry or otherwise commendable service.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been Mentioned in Dispatches.

Instituted in 1939 by King George VI as the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct, it acknowledged 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 the award became the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have received Commendation for Brave Conduct.

The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service is a British military award that recognises meritorious service during, or in support of, operations.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have received a Commendation for Valuable Service.

 

British or other Task Force Commanders either directly or in their despatch after a particular Operation are able to commend those who have displayed outstanding service during or for the Operation.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have received such Commendations.

 

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service has been awarded of a Commander in Chief Fleet’s Commendation.


Lloyds War Medal for Bravery at Sea In 1939 Lloyd's of London formed a committee to find means of honouring seafarers who performed acts of exceptional courage at sea, and this resulted in the announcement in December 1940 of the Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea.

The first awards were announced in March 1941, and the last in October 1948 – all awards were for acts during the Second World War. In all 541 Lloyd’s War Medals for Bravery at Sea were awarded.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea.

Lloyd's Medal for Meritorious Services

 

Lloyd's Medal for Meritorious Services was created in 1893, to be awarded to those who by their endeavours averted damage to, or loss of, vessels and their cargoes.

The medal was at first issued in bronze, 1893-1900; then in silver only, 1900-17; and finally, from 1917, in silver and bronze.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Lloyd’s Medal for Meritorious Service in silver and bronze.

 

Royal Humane Society’s Bronze MedalThe Royal Humane Society is a charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and, also, for the restoration of life by resuscitation.

Awards may be granted to those who have put their own lives at risk to save or attempt to save someone else. The awards granted for these acts of bravery include bronze, silver and gold medals and Testimonials on Vellum or Parchment.

The Society may also give recognition those who have contributed to the saving or attempted saving of life, though they may not have put their own life at risk. In these instances, a Certificate of Commendation may be granted.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have received Royal Humane Society awards -

 

Ordre de la Légion d'honneur

The Ordre de la Légion d'honneur is a French order established by Napoléon Bonaparte, First Consul of the First Republic, on May 19, 1802.  This world-renowned Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five various degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand-Croix (Grand Cross).

The following member of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service has been awarded the degree of Chevalier of the Order by the President of the Republic of France.

 

Croix de Guerre The Croix de Guerre is a military decoration of France. It was first created in 1915 and consists of a square-cross medal on two crossed swords, hanging from a ribbon with various degree pins.

The following members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service have been awarded the Croix de Guerre by the President of the Republic of France.

Order of Leopold II The Order of Leopold II is a military order of Belgium and is named in honour of King Léopold II. The decoration was established in 1900 by Léopold II as King of the Congo Free State and was in 1908, upon Congo being handed over to Belgium, incorporated into the Belgian awards system. The order is awarded for bravery in combat or for meritorious service to the benefit of the Belgian nation. It can be awarded to both Belgians and foreigners. The Order of Léopold II is issued in five classes and three medals.

The following member of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service has been awarded the Order of Leopold II in the class of Chevalier by the King of the Belgians.

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