british empire medal

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 Winter, Brian

    SURNAME Winter FORENAME Brian UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant NUMBER PO27405X AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Falklands ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BEM as per London Gazette, 08.10.1982 (recognition of service within the operations in the South Atlantic)
  2. SOE Allen, Frank Derek

    SURNAME Allen FORENAME Frank Derek UNIT Force 136 RANK Sergeant NUMBER 6288287 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE SE Asia 1945 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Corps of Signals born 23.9.1920 West Ham,Essex died 2000 Canterbury,Kent
  3. EOD Vaughan, William Y.

    SURNAME Vaughan FORENAME William Y. UNIT 4 Bomb Disposal Company,Royal Engineers RANK Corporal NUMBER 1903909 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE England ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KOAS 1945 - see Roll of Honour
  4. EOD Violet, Frank Albert

    SURNAME Violet FORENAME Frank Albert UNIT 4 Bomb Disposal Company,Royal Engineers RANK Corporal NUMBER 14625456 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE England ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KOAS 1945 - see Roll of Honour
  5. EOD Evans, Horace

    SURNAME Evans FORENAME Horace UNIT 43 Bomb Disposal Section,Royal Engineers RANK Sergeant NUMBER 2198817 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Italy 1943-44 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  6. ZSU Olsen, Frederick Gordon

    SURNAME Olsen FORENAME Frederick Gordon UNIT A.I.F. RANK Sergeant + Lieutenant NUMBER VX111818 AWARD Military Medal,British Empire Medal,Mention in Despatches PLACE North Borneo 1944-45 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Op.Python 1944 Op.AGAS 1945 awarded BEM as Sgt awarded MiD as Lt...
  7. ZSU Bower, Douglas Norman

    SURNAMEBower FORENAMEDouglas Norman UNITA.I.F. RANKStaff Sergeant NUMBERNX129792 AWARDBritish Empire Medal PLACESarawak 1945 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONOp.Semut born 12.10.1917 Darlinghurst,New South Wales enlisted 10.11.1936 Marrickville,New South Wales discharged 16.1.1946
  8. PARAS 2 Bardsley, Stephen Alan

    SURNAME Bardsley FORENAME Stephen Alan (Baz) UNIT 2 Para + attached 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (Company C,2 Bn) (82nd US Airborne Division) RANK Lance Corporal + Sergeant NUMBER 24511890 AWARD Military Medal, British Empire Medal, Bronze Star (US) PLACE Falklands 1982 (MM)...
  9. 22 SAS Labalaba, Talaiyasi

    SURNAME Labalaba FORENAME Talaiyasi UNIT B Squadron RANK Corporal + Sergeant NUMBER 23892771 AWARD British Empire Medal,Mention in Despatches PLACE 1968 (BEM) Dhofar 1972 (MiD) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Ulster Rifles KIA - see Roll of Honour
  10. 22 SAS Gallagher, Lawrence (Lofty)

    SURNAME Gallagher FORENAME Lawrence (Lofty) UNIT D Squadron (17 Troop + SSM) RANK Staff Sergeant (A/Warrant Officer Second Class) NUMBER 23860354 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland 1979 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 9th Field Regiment,Royal Engineers...
  11. NORWAY Syverstad, Gunnar Bryde

    SURNAME Syverstad FORENAME Gunnar Bryde UNIT Milorg (Resistance) RANK Civilian NUMBER AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Norway 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Transport Manager Vemork Plant (Milorg) Op.Gunnerside (BEM) later Sgt Kompani Linge,SOE murdered 1945 with Leif Tronstad...
  12. SCUS Strange, William Rowland

    SURNAME Strange FORENAME William Rowland UNIT R.A.F.V.R. 3201 Servicing Commando Unit RANK Leading Aircraftsman NUMBER 962736 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  13. SCUS Frazer, Hugh

    SURNAME Frazer FORENAME Hugh UNIT R.A.F. 3201 Servicing Commando Unit RANK Corporal NUMBER 551351 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE North Africa 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  14. SCUS Bannon, Patrick Mathew

    SURNAME Bannon FORENAME Patrick Mathew UNIT R.A.F.V.R. 3201 Servicing Commando Unit RANK A/Flight Sergeant NUMBER 810118 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE North Africa 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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