british empire medal

Peter Five
By Freddie Clark
The British Empire Medal is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service. Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "BEM".

The honour is divided into civil and military medals in a similar way to the Order of the British Empire itself. Like the ribbons used for other classes of the Order of the British Empire, the ribbon of the British Empire Medal is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, with the addition of a pearl-grey central stripe for the military division. While recipients are not technically counted as members of the Order, these medals are nevertheless affiliated with it.

Between 1993 and 2012, the British Empire Medal was not awarded to subjects of the United Kingdom, although it continued to be awarded in some Commonwealth realms during that time. The practice of awarding the British Empire Medal to subjects of the United Kingdom was resumed in June 2012, to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, although only in the civil division.
  1. 3 CDO BDE Jones, Alan

    SURNAME Jones FORENAME Alan UNIT Royal Marines RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER P023068Y AWARD British Empire Medal + Bar PLACE Queen's Birthday Honours 1976 (BEM), Northern Ireland 1st November 1976 - 31st January 1977 (BEM Bar) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 46919, 4th June...
  2. PARAS 2 Emerson, Michael

    SURNAME Emerson FORENAME Michael UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Corporal (Acting Sergeant) NUMBER 24302290 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland, 1st November 1981 - 31st January 1982 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 49020, 14th June 1982, Page 7886
  3. PARAS 2 Campbell, Alan Paul

    SURNAME Campbell FORENAME Alan Paul UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Warrant Officer Class 2 NUMBER 23710093 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st May - 31st July 1978 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 47710, 12th December 1978, Page 14921
  4. PARAS 2 McCallum, James

    SURNAME McCallum FORENAME James UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Corporal NUMBER 24288465 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland, 1st February - 30th April 1981 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48756, 5th October 1981, Page 12636
  5. PARAS 2 Peatfield, Gerald

    SURNAME Peatfield FORENAME Gerald UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant (Acting Staff Sergeant) NUMBER 24059173 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st November 1980 - 31st January 1981 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48651, 15th June 1981, Page 8086
  6. PARAS 2 Caithness, William Richard

    SURNAME Caithness FORENAME William Richard UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant (BEM), Warrant Officer Class 1 (QGM) NUMBER 23732227 AWARD British Empire Medal, Queen's Gallantry Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st May - 31st July 1973 (BEM), Northern Ireland (QGM) ADDITIONAL...
  7. PARAS 2 Raynor, Ian Thomas

    SURNAME Raynor FORENAME Ian Thomas UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 24246379 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Oman, March 1988 - September 1989 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 52173, 15th June 1990, Page 20
  8. PARAS 2 Jenkins, John Fredrick

    SURNAME Jenkins FORENAME John Frederick UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant NUMBER 23983057 AWARD Mention in Despatches, British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st November 1980 - 31st January 1981 (MiD), Queen's Birthday Honours 1990 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 23.07.1944...
  9. PARAS 2 Kemp, David John

    SURNAME Kemp FORENAME David John UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant NUMBER 24114885 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st November 1979 - 31st January 1980 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48237, 30th June 1980, Page 9374
  10. PARAS 2 Bryce, James Lee

    SURNAME Bryce FORENAME James Lee UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Corporal (Acting Sergeant) NUMBER 23497049 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st November 1972 - 31st January 1973 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 46034, 24th July 1973, Page 8667
  11. PARAS 2 Deveroux, Geoffrey

    SURNAME Deveroux FORENAME Geoffrey UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant (Acting) NUMBER 23873416 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st February - 30th April 1972 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 45793, 3rd October 1972, Page 11635
  12. PARAS 2 Owen, Wayne

    SURNAME Owen FORENAME Wayne UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 24309668 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 52918, 11th May 1992, Page 8168
  13. PARAS 2 Johnson, John Leonard

    SURNAME Johnson FORENAME John Leonard UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal) NUMBER 24128972 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st August - 31st October 1977 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 47494, 20th March 1978, Page 3572
  14. PARAS 2 Johnson, John Leonard

    SURNAME Johnson FORENAME John Leonard UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal) NUMBER 24128972 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st August - 31st October 1977 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 47494, 20th March 1978, Page 3572
  15. PARAS 2 Clark, Simon

    SURNAME Clark FORENAME Simon UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Private NUMBER 24581927 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Queen's Birthday Honours 1989 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 51772, 16th June 1989, Page 19
  16. EOD Humphrey, Victor John

    SURNAME Humphrey FORENAME Victor John UNIT Fleet Clearance Diving Team, Royal Navy RANK Petty Officer Clearance Diver First Class NUMBER J905626P AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Malta 1972 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 46046, 7th August 1973, Page 9387
  17. 3 CDO BDE Bloom, Peter John

    SURNAME Bloom FORENAME Peter John UNIT Royal Marines RANK Corporal NUMBER P025789T AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st November 1978 - 31st January 1979 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 47890, 25th June 1979, Page 8063
  18. 3 CDO BDE McDowall, David James

    SURNAME McDowall FORENAME David James UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant NUMBER P023444X AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1st November 1978 - 31st January 1979 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 47890, 25th June 1979, Page 8063
  19. PARAS 2 Ward, David Kjell Ian

    SURNAME Ward FORENAME David Kjell Ian UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant (now Staff Sergeant) NUMBER 24510001 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 52705, 4th November 1991, Page 16848
  20. PARAS 2 Hornett, Peter Timothy

    SURNAME Hornett FORENAME Peter Timothy UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant (Acting Staff Sergeant) NUMBER 24362704 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 52705, 4th November 1991, Page 16848
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