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British Commonwealth Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards - The Distinguished Service Medal

Obverse View

The Distinguished Service Medal obverse view

Reverse View

The Distinguished Service Medal reverse view

About this award

The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) was instituted in 1914 for senior and junior ratings of the Navy. It was awarded for acts of bravery in the face of the enemy for which the award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal was not considered appropriate. In 1993, the DSM was replaced in the United Kingdom by the Distinguished Service Cross for all ranks.

In 1999 the DSM was replaced in New Zealand by the New Zealand Gallantry Decoration.

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

Bars are awarded for subsequent acts of bravery.

Order of Wear

The position of this award in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.