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

KIA = Killed in Action

MBE = Member of the British Empire

MC = Military Cross

MiD = Mentioned in Despatches

OBE = Officer of the British Empire

 

6th Airborne Division

 

3rd Bar to the Distinguished Service Order

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Lt-Col Alastair Pearson DSO, MC

8th Battalion

Wounded

 

Bar to the Distinguished Service Order

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Brig James Hill DSO, MC

3rd Para Brigade HQ

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Distinguished Service Order

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Lt-Col Bill Anderson

195 Airlanding Field Ambulance

-

Lt-Col Bobby Bray

Divisional HQ

-

Maj Mark Darrell-Brown

2nd Oxford & Bucks

-

Maj-Gen Richard Gale MC

Divisional HQ

Legion of Merit, MiD

Lt-Col Bruce Harvey

225th Parachute Field Ambulance

-

Maj John Howard

2nd Oxford & Bucks

Croix de Guerre

Lt-Col Johnny Johnson

12th Battalion

KIA 12/06/44

Lt-Col Frank Lowman, MBE

Divisional HQ

Wounded

Lt-Col Peter Luard

13th Battalion

-

Lt-Col Malcolm MacEwan

Divisional HQ

-

Lt-Col Iain Murray

The Glider Pilot Regiment

-

Lt-Col Terence Otway

9th Battalion

Wounded

Col Reggie Parker

6th Airlanding Brigade HQ, 12th Battalion

-

Lt-Col Geoffrey Pine-Coffin MC

7th Battalion

-

Brigadier Nigel Poett

5th Para Brigade HQ

Silver Star

Maj Tim Roseveare

3rd Parachute Squadron

-

Maj Alastair Donald Young

224th Parachute Field Ambulance

-

 

1st Special Service Brigade

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Lt-Col Robert Dawson

No.4 Commando

-

 

4th Special Service Brigade

 

Bar to the Distinguished Service Order

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Lt-Col Campbell Richard Hardy

No.46 (Royal Marine) Commando

-

 

Distinguished Service Order

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Lt-Col James Moulton

No.48 (Royal Marine) Commando

-

Lt-Col Cecil Farndale Phillips

No.47 (Royal Marine) Commando

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