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. 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
  4. 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...
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. EOD Anfield, M.A.

    SURNAMEAnfield FORENAMEM.A. UNIT321 EOD Unit,Royal Army Ordnance Corps RANKStaff Sergeant NUMBER AWARDBritish Empire Medal PLACENorthern Ireland 1973 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  10. EOD Anderson, Peter

    SURNAME Anderson FORENAME Peter UNIT Royal Army Ordnance Corps RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 22450458 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Hong Kong 1954 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  11. EOD Adams, A.J.

    SURNAMEAdams FORENAMEA.J. UNITRoyal Army Ordnance Corps RANKCorporal NUMBER AWARDBritish Empire Medal PLACESavernake,Wiltshire,England 1946 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  12. 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...
  13. 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
  14. LRDG Andrews, Stanley Alfred John Eustace

    SURNAME Andrews FORENAME Stanley Alfred John Eustace UNIT LRDG RANK Staff Sergeant + Squadron Quatermaster Sergeant NUMBER SR598893V AWARD British Empire Medal, Mention in Despatches PLACE Adriatic 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 10.01.1911 parent unit Union Defence Force...
  15. 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)...
  16. 22 SAS Creaser, John Michael

    SURNAME Creaser FORENAME John Michael UNIT A Squadron RANK Staff Sergeant (A/Warrant Officer Second Class) NUMBER 23882168 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1980 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Yorkshire
  17. 22 SAS Angus, Nicholas Claridge

    SURNAME Angus FORENAME Nicholas Claridge UNIT D Squadron RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 23834530 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1979 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Parachute Regiment
  18. 22 SAS Davies, Barry

    SURNAME Davies FORENAME Barry UNIT G Squadron (22 Troop) RANK Sergeant NUMBER 23877394 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE Mogadishu 1977 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 1 Bn Welsh Guards born 22.11.1944 Wem,Shropshire son of Raymond and Ethel Davies educated Wem School...
  19. 22 SAS Callan, Steven James

    SURNAME Callan FORENAME Steven James UNIT A Squadron and Op.Research RANK Sergeant NUMBER 23546836 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1977 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 1941 Royal Corps of Signals 22 SAS 1959 A Squadron attached D Squadron for Aden 1966 Operations Research left...
  20. 22 SAS Allen, Malcolm John (Yank)

    SURNAME Allen FORENAME Malcolm John (Yank) UNIT A Squadron RANK Staff Sergeant (A/Warrant Officer Second Class) NUMBER 23211667 AWARD British Empire Medal PLACE 1977 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent regiment SASR
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