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Date Instituted

1886

Eligibility

Members of the armed forces

Obverse

A Cross with curved ends and green enamel laurel wreath enclosing an imperial crown

Reverse

The Royal monogram within a wreath

Size

36mm

Metal:

Gold (silver-gilt) cross, enamelled white and edged in gold.  

Naming

Impressed capital letters or issued unnamed

Approx. Medals issued

16500

Comments

Since its inception the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) has been issued unnamed, but since 1938 the award has been engraved on the reverse as well as reverse of bars for second or subsequent awards.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER