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Member of the British Empire MBE Full Size

£117.50 (Inc. Vat)


Member of the British Empire MBE Full Size.

Instituted: June 1917.

Ribbon: 38mm, originally purple, with a narrow central scarlet stripe for the Military Division; rose-pink edged with pearl grey, with a narrow central stripe of pearl-grey for the Military Division (since 1936). A silver crossed oakleaf emblem for gallantry was instituted in 1957 and continued until 1974.  The gallantry award can be continued to wear if awarded between 1957 and 1974.

Branch of Service: Military and Civilian personnel.

The military ribbon includes a central grey stripe.

Nil clasps or second award bars

  • Silver crossed Oak Leaves (1957-1974)
Nil engraving

Additional information


Comments: Founded by King George V during the First World War for services to the Empire at home, in India and in the overseas dominions and colonies, other than those rendered by the Navy and Army, although it could be conferred upon officers of the armed forces for services of a noncombatant character. A Military Division was created in December 1918 and awards made to commissioned officers and warrant officers in respect of distinguished service in action. The insignia of the Civil and Military Divisions is identical, distinguished only by the respective ribbons. A promotion in a different division permits the wear of both types of insignia and in the case of gallantry awards a third type may be worn. A lapel emblem for wear on ordinary clothing was introduced in December 2006.


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