This British Order of Knighthood was established in 1917 by King George V to salute meritorious achievement in military, political, or civilians circles. In descending order the five classes of the order proceed thus; Knight or Dame Grand Cross (GBE), Knight or Dame Commander (KBE or DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE), and Member (MBE). To be in receipt of the GBE or KBE / DBE the person on whom the honour is bestowed ascends to Knighthood, and thereafter is known as Sir or Dame. Separate to and beneath the five classes of the Order, though associated with it, is the British Empire Medal, where one is honoured but deemed ineligible for admittance to the Order; the equivalent of being Mentioned In Despatches, as it were. Typically it is awarded to civilians or to persons in the armed forces below the rank of Warrant Officer. The award of the British Empire Medal ceased in 1990.

 

BC = Dutch Bronze Cross

BL = Dutch Bronze Lion

DCM = Distinguished Conduct Medal

DSO = Distinguished Service Order

MC = Military Cross

POW = Prisoner of War

 

1st Airborne Division

 

Commander of the British Empire (CBE)

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Brig Philip Hicks DSO, MC

1st Airlanding Brigade HQ

Evacuated

 

Officer of the British Empire (OBE)

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Lt-Col Michael Packe

HQ, Royal Army Service Corps

BC

Lt-Col Tom Stephenson

Divisional Signals

Evacuated

Col Graeme Warrack

Divisional HQ

POW, Escaped, DSO

 

Member of the British Empire (MBE)

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Maj Kenneth James Stuart Andrews

Glider Pilot Regiment

-

Lt Albert Edwin Baker

10th Battalion

POW, Escaped

RSM Michael Briody

Glider Pilot Regiment

BL

Lt Thomas Graham Bush

156th Battalion

Evacuated

RSM Dennis Gay

156th Battalion

Wounded, POW, DCM

S/C Gordon Eaton Jenkins

Divisional HQ

Evader

Maj Cecil Byng-Maddick

1st Parachute Brigade HQ

POW

Capt Alexander Lipmann-Kessel

16 Para Field Ambulance

POW, Escaped, MC

RSM John Lord

3rd Battalion

POW

Capt Eric Mackay

1st Para Squadron

POW, Escaped

Capt Arthur Edgar O'Grady

1 Forward Observation Unit

Evacuated

Lt Rod Pearson

Light Regiment

Evacuated

RSM John Sidney Siely

Light Regiment

Evacuated

Lt John Tiernan

181 Field Ambulance

-

Major Denys Reginald Wight-Boycott

1 Forward Observation Unit

Evacuated

 

British Empire Medal (BEM)

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Sgmn Douglas Frank Alder

Divisional Signals

-

Sgt Herbert Backwell

1st Airlanding Brigade HQ

-

Sgt George Currie

Divisional Signals

-

L/Cpl Laurance Goodman

1st Battalion

-

S/Sgt Samuel Findlay Johnstone

Glider Pilot Regiment

-

Sgt Kenneth Osborne Lapper

Reconnaissance Squadron

-

Cpl Robert Charles Longman

10th Battalion

-

Sgt Alex Mashiter

Light Regiment

Wounded, Evacuated

Sgt Harry Venes

Reconnaissance Squadron

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