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 still 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 was awarded to civilians or to persons in the armed forces below the rank of Warrant Officer. The award of British Empire Medal ceased in 1990.

 

MiD = Mentioned in Despatches

 

6th Airborne Division

 

Commander of the British Empire (CBE)

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Brig The Hon. Hugh Kindersley MBE, MC

6th Airlanding Brigade HQ

Wounded

 

Officer of the British Empire (OBE)

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Lt-Col Jack Norris

Divisional HQ

-

 

Member of the British Empire (MBE)

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Maj Bill Collingwood

3rd Parachute Brigade HQ

-

Lt John Kay England

8th Battalion

KIA 24/03/45

RQMS George Fox

12th Battalion

KIA 24/03/45

Maj Gerald Lacoste

Divisional HQ

-

Lt Arthur Edgar Roberts

716th Light Composite Company

KIA 24/03/45