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. PARAS 2 Widdowson, Peter Raymond

    SURNAME Widdowson FORENAME Peter Raymond UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 23352945 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1981 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48837, 30th December 1981, Page 22
  2. 3 CDO BDE Thompson, Alexander Dale

    SURNAME Thompson FORENAME Alexander Dale UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant NUMBER P020034X AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1981 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48837, 30th December 1981, Page 21
  3. 3 CDO BDE Rees, Arwyn

    SURNAME Rees FORENAME Arwyn UNIT Royal Marines RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER P017118N AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1981 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48837, 30th December 1981, Page 21
  4. 3 CDO BDE Darch, Brian John

    SURNAME Darch FORENAME Brian John UNIT Royal Marines RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER P018152E AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1981 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48837, 30th December 1981, Page 21
  5. 3 CDO BDE Bowman, Neil Richard

    SURNAME Bowman FORENAME Neil Richard UNIT Royal Marines RANK Corporal NUMBER P025859K AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1987 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 51171, 30th December 1987, Page 18
  6. 22 SAS Playford, David John

    SURNAME Playford FORENAME David John UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant (BEM), Warrant Officer Class 2 (MBE) NUMBER 24169608 AWARD British Empire Medal, Member of the Order of the British Empire PLACE British Empire Medal 1987, Northern Ireland 1993 (MBE) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...
  7. 3 CDO BDE Thompson, Graham Michael

    SURNAME Thompson FORENAME Graham Michael UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant NUMBER P034193D AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 54028, 5th May 1995, Page 6613
  8. PARAS 2 Bull, Derek Francis John

    SURNAME Bull FORENAME Derek John Francis UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Sergeant (BEM), Warrant Officer Class 2 (MBE) NUMBER 24146804 AWARD British Empire Medal, Member of the Order of the British Empire PLACE Northern Ireland (BEM), 1993 (MBE) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette...
  9. 3 CDO BDE Down, Michael Ernest James

    SURNAME Down FORENAME Michael Ernest James UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant NUMBER P036198Y AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 52137, 14th May 1990, Page 9154
  10. 3 CDO BDE Bowden, Arthur Alan

    SURNAME Bowden FORENAME Arthur Alan UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant NUMBER P024018C AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland, 1980 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48583, 13th April 1981, Page 5527
  11. 3 CDO BDE Balment, Robert Ernest

    SURNAME Balment FORENAME Robert Ernest UNIT Royal Marines RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER P022095H AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland, 1980 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 48583, 13th April 1981, Page 5527
  12. PARAS 2 Ryan, Kevin Francis

    SURNAME Ryan FORENAME Kevin Francis UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Corporal (BEM), Sergeant (QGM), Warrant Officer Class 2 (MBE) NUMBER 24351750 AWARD British Empire Medal, Queen's Gallantry Medal, Member of the Order of the British Empire PLACE Northern Ireland (BEM), Northern...
  13. 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)
  14. 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
  15. RANCDT Asher, Frederick Kevin

    SURNAME Asher FORENAME Frederick Kevin UNIT Clearance Diver (RAN) RANK Acting Leading Seaman Clearance Diver NUMBER R51110 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Queens Birthday 1961 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 10.06.1961 page 4181
  16. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Dolby, Robert William (Bill)

    SURNAME Dolby FORENAME Robert William (Bill) UNIT M Special Unit RANK Sergeant NUMBER NX 65557 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE New Guinea 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 26.9.1905 Casino, New South Wales next of kin William Dolby (1873-1953) occupation Blacksmith single...
  17. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS 2 Blacker, Edward Charles

    SURNAME Blacker FORENAME Edward Charles UNIT 126 Signal Squadron (Special Forces) RANK Sergeant NUMBER 13695 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Borneo 1960s ADDITIONAL INFORMATION later with 547 Signal Troop in Vietnam
  18. RANCDT Rashleigh, Albert Victor

    SURNAME Rashleigh FORENAME Albert Victor (Vic) UNIT CDT 3 (RAN) RANK Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver NUMBER R51758 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE South Vietnam 1969 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 23.11.1938 Chinchilla, Queensland CDT 3,Vietnam 10.2.1969 - 3.9.1969 died...
  19. PARAS 2 Brown, Alexander

    SURNAME Brown FORENAME Alexander UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Corporal (A/Sergeant) (MM) + Staff Sergeant (BEM), Sergeant (QGM) + Warrant Officer Second Class (MBE) NUMBER 24279969 AWARD Military Medal, British Empire Medal, Queen's Gallantry Medal, Member of the Order of the British...
  20. CHINDITS 1943 Chivers, Pat Randell

    SURNAME Chivers FORENAME Pat Randell UNIT Royal Engineers (3 Column) RANK Corporal (A/Sergeant) NUMBER 2037597 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Burma 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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