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British Commonwealth Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards - The Order of St John

Knight or Dame of Justice or of Grace of the Order of St John

Knight or Dame of Justice or of Grace of the Order of St John obverse view

Officer of the Order of St John

Officer of the Order of St John obverse view

About the awards of the Order of St John

The Order of St John was founded in 1888 and has six classes: Bailiff or Dame Grand Cross, Knight or Dame of Justice or of Grace, Chaplain or Commander, Officer, Serving Brother or Sister and Esquire.

Members of the The Order of St John can also be awarded the Service Medal of the Order of St John.

Current New Zealand military personnel who are also members of the Order may wear Order of St John awards on their uniforms with their other honours and awards.

About the ribbon

The ribbon is plain black watered silk.

When ribbons only are worn, a small Maltese Cross in silver is worn on the ribbon of all Grades of the Order to distinguish the ribbon against a dark background. This practice has been used since 1947.

Royal Warrant

Many British awards have a considerable history and the Royal Warrants which instituted them have been subject to significant amendment during their currency. More information on the Royal Warrants and criteria for the British Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards can be found in the publications listed in the Bibliography. A publication titled ‘British Gallantry Awards' by P.E. Abbott and J.M.E. Tamplin is particularly recommended.

Regulations

Most Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards do not have separate Regulations. Instructions for their administration are usually included in the Royal Warrant.

Clasps and Bars

There are no clasps or bars for these awards.

Order of Wear

The position of the six classes of the Order of St John in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

The position of the Service Medal of the Order of St John in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

Media Statements concerning other awards from the Order of St John to NZ military units

More information on the awards of the Order of St John

For more information on the awards of the Order of St John see The Medal Yearbook (published annually by Token Publishing Ltd). John W. Mussell and the Editorial Team of Medal News. In the 2014 edition see pp.69-70.