The Distinguished Service Order was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1886, and it is awarded to officers for meritorious or distinguished service in war. In most instances it is given to officers with senior command responsibilities, typically upwards of Major, however it can be bestowed upon junior officers, usually in cases of conspicuous valour. The decoration features a gold Imperial Crown and a green laurel leaf, centred upon a gold cross enamelled white and hung from a blue-edged red ribbon.

 

DSO = Distinguished Service Order

MBE = Member of the British Empire

MC = Military Cross

MiD = Mentioned in Despatches

OBE = Officer of the British Empire

 

1st Airborne Division

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Maj John Buchanan

2nd South Staffords

Evacuated

Lt Mike Dauncey

Glider Pilot Regiment

Wounded, POW, Escaped

Lt Adrian Donaldson

Light Regiment

Evacuated

Lt-Col John Frost DSO, MC

2nd Battalion

Wounded, POW

Brig John Hackett DSO, MBE, MC

4th Para Brigade HQ

Wounded, POW, Escaped, MID

Maj/Rev A. W. H. Harlow

Divisional HQ

POW

Lt-Col Martin Herford MBE, MC

163 Field Amb (att. Corps HQ)

POW

Maj James Linton

Light Regiment

Evacuated

Maj Richard Lonsdale DSO, MC

11th Battalion

Wounded, Evacuated

Lt-Col Charles Mackenzie

Divisional HQ

Evacuated

Lt-Col Arthur Marrable

181 Field Ambulance

POW

Maj William Neill

1st Border

Wounded, Evacuated

Lt-Col Robert Payton-Reid

7th KOSB

Evacuated

Maj Christopher Perrin-Brown MC

1st Battalion

-

Maj Gordon Sherriff

7th KOSB

Wounded, POW, Escaped

Maj Digby Tatham-Warter

2nd Battalion

Wounded, POW, Escaped

Maj Peter Warr MBE

10th Battalion

Wounded, POW

Col Graeme Warrack

Divisional HQ

POW, Escaped, OBE

Lt John Williams

1st Battalion

Wounded

Maj Bernard Wilson MC

Independent Company

Wounded, Evacuated, Lt-Col

 

1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group

 

Name

Unit

Lt-Col Stanislaw Jachnik

Brigade HQ

 

Royal Air Force

 

Name

Unit

Wing Cdr R. H. Bunker DFC

620 Squadron

Wing Cdr W. E. Coles DFC AFC

233 Squadron