Bar: A silver emblem of two oak leaves is worn on the riband when the appointment to the Order is for Gallantry.
Obverse: Until 1936, the badge contained a representation of Britannia with the motto "FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE" in a circle around her. The post 1936 (current) badge contains the conjoint bust of King George V and Queen Mary facing left with the motto "FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE" in a circle around them.
Description: The badge is a cross patonce (four arms with three points at each end of a broad arm), with a crown on the top arm. The first three classes are of silver gilt, with the arms enamelled pearl grey; the OBE is of silver gilt; and the MBE is made of silver. The neck badges are 2 1/2" across and the breast badge is 2" across.
Reverse: A rope circle with the Royal Cypher surmounted by a crown. Hallmarks on the lower limb.
Mounting: Ring attached to the top of the Crown through which the ribbon passes.
|Pre 1936||Purple, with a narrow central Scarlet stripe|
|Post 1936||Rose-Pink with Pearl-Grey edges and a central narrow Pearl-Grey stripe.|
Total Issued as of 1983: Over 2100 awarded to Canadians.
The Distinguished Service Order
The Distinguished Service Cross
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