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British Commonwealth State Orders - The Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Knight or Dame Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Knight or Dame Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath obverse view

Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath obverse view

About this Order

Originally established by King George I in 1725 as a single class, the order was re-organised in 1815 into a Civil and Military Division each with three classes. These are Knight and Dame Grand Cross (GCB), Knight and Dame Commander (KCB and DCB) and Companion (CB). There are minor differences between the Military and Civil insignia for the Order. It was awarded to military personnel during both World Wars.

Royal Warrant

British State Honours are instituted under Royal Warrants signed by the reigning Sovereign at the time the Order or Honour was created. More information on British State Honours can be viewed here.

Regulations

Most State Honours do not have separate Regulations. Instructions for the administration of the Order or Honour are usually included in the Royal Warrant. The composite document containing the Royal Warrant and Instructions is usually referred to as the Statutes of the Order.

Clasps and Bars

No clasps or bars are associated with this Order.

Order of Wear

The position of these honours in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed through the following links: Knight and Dame Grand Cross (GCB), Knight and Dame Commander (KCB / DCB) and Companion (CB).

Knights and Dames Rolls

The New Zealand Honours Secretariat maintains Knights and Dames Rolls for New Zealanders appointed to these classes of various British and New Zealand Orders.