British soldiers have been granted over a hundred different ribbons, but those most likely to be seen pinned to the breasts of our fighting men to-day may be recognised by the help of the following short descriptions:—
Purple-claret with small bronze V.C. in centre.
Order of British Empire (Military).
Purple with thin centre stripe of red.
Distinguished Service Order. —
A small red ribbon with edges of blue.
Distinguished Service Cross (Navy).
Three equal stripes ; the centre white and the two outside stripes deep blue.
Three equal stripes; the centre purple and the two outside stripes of white.
Distinguished Conduct Medal (Army).
Three equal stripes; the centre deep blue and the two outside stripes red.
Blue, white, red, white, red, white, blue.
Distinguished Service Medal (Navy).
Three equal stripes, blue, white and blue, but the white has a centre pin stripe of blue.
Distinguished Flying Cross.
Wide diagonal stripes of white and purple.
Air Force Cross.
Wide diagonal stripes of white and red.
Distinguished Flying Medal. —
Narrow diagonal stripes of white and purple.
Air Force Medal.
Narrow diagonal stripes of white and red.
Queen’s South Africa Medal, 1899-1902.
Red. blue, wide orange, blue and red.
King s South African Medal, 1901 -2.
Green, white and orange.
China Medal, 1900.
Red with yellow edges.
Ashanti Medal, 1901.
Deep green with stripes of black at edges and in centre.
Africa General Service Medal. —Yellow with black edges and two thin green stripes on yellow.
India General Service, 1908-21.
Green, blue and green. 1914-15 Star.
Red, white and blue, watered and merging. Those won in L9I4 have in addition a silver rosette on centre of. ribbon.
Naval General Service, 1915. —
White with red edges and two thin stripes of red on the white.
British War Medal, 1914-18. —
Blue, red, white, wide orange, white, red and blue.
Mercantile Marine Medal.
A wide green and red with a thin centre stripe of white.
Victory Medal (1914-18).
Blue, green, yellow, red, yellow, green and blue, watered and merging.
Meritorious Service Medal (Navy, Army, Marines).— Plum, with a stripe of white at either edge and one in the centre.
Meritorious Service Medal (Air Force).
White, blue, white, plum and white. The white narrower than the blue and plum.
Navy Long Service Medal.
Plum with white edges.
R.A.F. Long Service Medal.
Deep blue and plum in equal widths, with white edges.
Territorial Efficiency Medal. —
Green, with yellow edges.
Light blue with two thin stripes of red close to the centre.
Particulars of the medals can be found in Dr. S. C. Johnson’s The Medal Collector (Jenkins).