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Distinguished Service Order Recipients

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  • Lt.-Col William Frederick Parsons (1879 - 1956)
    Lt.-Col. William Frederick Parsons Born on 10 November 1879. Son of Hon. Richard Clere Parsons and Agnes Elizabeth Bateman. Married Clara Helena Strutt, daughter of Hon. Edward Gerald Strutt an...
  • Francis Hugh Sandford, DSO (1888 - 1926)
    LOTFWW Military Events Other war service awards: France - Croix de Guerre, 23rd April 1918 Military Events British Awards and Decorations: Distinguished Service Order (DSO), 16th August 1915, ...
  • Daniel Arthur Sandford, DSO RGA (1882 - 1972)
    Brigadier Daniel Arthur Sandford CBE, DSO (18 June 1882 – 22 January 1972) was an officer in the British Army, and an advisor to Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. ) Daniel Sandford arrived at the W...
  • Major Sir Hubert Winthrop Young, KCMG, DSO (1885 - 1950)
    Sir Hubert Winthrop Young Born on 6 July 1885 at Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales. Son of Sir William Mackworth Young and Frances Mary Egerton. Married Margaret Rose Mary Reynolds, daughter of Colo...
  • Brigadier Dirk Jacob Carel Bekker van Deventer (1876 - 1945)
    Dirk J. C. B. Van Deventer BIRTH unknown DEATH 12 Feb 1945 BURIAL Rebecca Street Cemetery Pretoria, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality,Gauteng, South Africa PLOT D.R. Church 'D' Sec. Grave...

(Level 2 Gallantry Award)

The D.S.O. was instituted by Royal Warrant on 6th September 1886.

The D.S.O. was originally instituted as an award for officers of the British Army and Commonwealth Forces, usually at the rank of Major. It was, however, also awarded to officers at a rank above or below Major. The D.S.O. could be awarded for an act of meritorious or distinguished service in wartime and usually when under fire or in the presence of the enemy. It was also made available for officers at the equivalent rank in the Royal Navy and, from 1st April 1918, the Royal Air Force.

Between 1914 and 1916 the D.S.O. was also awarded to some Staff officers when they were not under fire or in contact with the enemy. This was not well received at the time by officers who were in the field.

From 1st January 1917 it was restricted to recommendations for individuals who were in the presence of the enemy. The award was generally given to an officer in command, but some were awarded to junior officers below the rank of Captain.

Almost 9,000 D.S.O.s were awarded during the First World War. On 23rd August 1916 a Warrant enabled a recipient to be awarded a Bar for an additional award of the D.S.O.

The medal was issued without the name of the recipient being engraved on it, but some medals do bear the name of a recipient engraved on the reverse of the suspension bar. The recipient of a D.S.O. is known as a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and is entitled to use the letters D.S.O. after his name.


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