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 Cook, Derek William

    SURNAME Cook FORENAME Derek William UNIT Parachute Regiment (Territorial) RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER 22530060 AWARD British Empire PLACE 1960 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 42231, 27th December 1960, Page 8914
  2. 3 CDO BDE Swanton, John

    SURNAME Swanton FORENAME John UNIT Royal Marines RANK Quartermaster Sergeant NUMBER PLY/X 3262 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1960 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 42231, 27th December 1960, Page 8914
  3. 3 CDO BDE Morgan, Dewi Meurig

    SURNAME Morgan FORENAME Dewi Meurig UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant (Acting Troop Sergeant Major) (DCM), Second Lieutenant (BEM) NUMBER formerly PL/X 4501 RSM (DCM) AWARD Distinguished Conduct Medal, British Empire Medal PLACE Malaya, 1951 (DCM) 1960 (BEM) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...
  4. 3 CDO BDE Reading, Percy James Thomas

    SURNAME Reading FORENAME Percy James Thomas UNIT 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, 42 Commando RANK Regimental Sergeant Major NUMBER PLY/X 1696 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Malaya, 1st January to 30th June 1952 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION recommended for MBE, awarded BEM London...
  5. 3 CDO BDE Honeysett, Kenneth Roland

    SURNAME Honeysett FORENAME Kenneth Roland UNIT 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, 40 Commando RANK Sergeant NUMBER PLY/X 4090 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Malaya, 1st January to 30th June 1952 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 39675, 17th October 1952, Page 5527
  6. 3 CDO BDE Buxton, James George

    SURNAME Buxton FORENAME James George UNIT 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, 45 Commando RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER PLY/X 1065 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Malaya, 1st January to 30th June 1952 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 39675, 17th October 1952, Page 5527
  7. 3 CDO BDE Magowan, Victor

    SURNAME Magowan FORENAME Victor UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant (Acting Quartermaster Sergeant) NUMBER PLY/X 3863 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Malaya 1951 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 39507, 1st April 1952, Page 1879
  8. 3 CDO BDE Lyons, Alexander

    SURNAME Lyons FORENAME Alexander UNIT Royal Marines RANK Corporal NUMBER P033611E AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE op.Haven Northern Iraq 1991 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 52833, 13th February 1992, Page 2578
  9. 3 CDO BDE Gallagher, Hugh

    SURNAME Gallagher FORENAME Hugh UNIT Royal Marines RANK Acting Colour Sergeant NUMBER P031139N AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE op.Haven Northern Iraq 1991 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 52833, 13th February 1992, Page 2578
  10. PARAS 2 Duggan, Norman

    SURNAME Duggan FORENAME Norman UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 24285024 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1987 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 50948, 12th June 1987, Page 17
  11. 3 CDO BDE Wakeman, Philip

    SURNAME Wakeman FORENAME Philip UNIT Royal Marines RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER P026231D AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1987 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 50948, 12th June 1987, Page 17
  12. 3 CDO BDE Pittock, Keith Brian

    SURNAME Pittock FORENAME Keith Brian UNIT Royal Marines RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER P018893U AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1987 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 50948, 12th June 1987, Page 17
  13. 3 CDO BDE Gray, Daniel Brian

    SURNAME Gray FORENAME Daniel Brian UNIT Royal Marines RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER P021087D AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1987 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 50948, 12th June 1987, Page 17
  14. PARAS 2 Woodward, Derek Arthur

    SURNAME Woodward FORENAME Derek Arthur UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Staff Sergeant (Acting Warrant Officer Class 2) NUMBER 24174433 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 51734, 15th May 1989, Page 5816
  15. PARAS 2 Bradley, David

    SURNAME Bradley FORENAME David UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 24154267 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Northern Ireland (BEM) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION holder QGM London Gazette 51734, 15th May 1989, Page 5815 (BEM)
  16. 22 SAS Middleton, Edward Mervyn

    SURNAME Middleton FORENAME Edward Mervyn UNIT 22 SAS RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 24326153 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1988 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 25.05.1956 25.05.1996 retirement date London Gazette 51578, 30th December 1988, Page 19
  17. 3 CDO BDE Evans, Clive Ernest

    SURNAME Evans FORENAME Clive Ernest UNIT Royal Marines RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER P0235721 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1988 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 51578, 30th December 1988, Page 18
  18. PARAS 2 Ball, Howard

    SURNAME Ball FORENAME Howard UNIT Parachute Regiment RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 14467120 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1968 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 44600, 31st May 1968, Page 6323
  19. 3 CDO BDE Pearson, Maurice

    SURNAME Pearson FORENAME Maurice UNIT Royal Marines RANK Sergeant NUMBER RM 14898 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1968 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 44600, 31st May 1968, Page 6323
  20. 3 CDO BDE Edmond, Matthew Noel

    SURNAME Edmond FORENAME Matthew Noel UNIT Royal Marines RANK Quartermaster Sergeant NUMBER PLY/X 5509 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1968 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 44600, 31st May 1968, Page 6322
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