Honours and decorations

Personal honours and decorations are not normally given in stories, with the exception of the VC. When it is relevant, the correct order is: decorations, degrees, other distinctions, eg. Sir John Smith, KBE, DSO, D.Litt, FSA. This could become important in a human interest story about someone rejected from a job at McDonald's because they are overqualified, or if their credentials are being called into question.

In honours lists, stories do not say people got or received the OBE, etc. They are created, appointed or made an OBE. The full titles must always be given in honours lists. Subsequent references may be abbreviated, as in this table:

 

Full title

Abbreviation

Victoria Cross

VC

George Cross

GC

Knight of the Order of the Garter

KG

Knight of the Order of the Thistle

KT

Knight of the Order of St Patrick

KP

Privy Councillor

PC

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

CGB

Order of Merit

OM

Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India

GCSI

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George

GCMG

Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire

GCIE

Royal Order of Victoria and Albert

VA

Imperial Order of the Crown of India

CI

Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order

GCVO

Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire

GBE

Companion of Honour

CH

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

KCB

Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India

KCSI

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

KCMG

Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire

KCIE

Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

KCVO

Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

KBE

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

DBE

Companion of the Order of the Bath

CB

Companion of the Order of the Star of India

CSI

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

CMG

Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire

CIE

Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

CVO

Commander of the Order of the British Empire

CBE

Distinguished Service Order

DSO

Member of the Royal Victorian Order

MVO

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

OBE

Companion of the Imperial Service Order

ISO

Member of the Order of the British Empire

MBE

Member of the Royal Red Cross

RRC

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC

Military Cross

MC

Distinguished Flying Cross

DFC

Air Force Cross

AFC

Albert Medal

AM

Distinguished Conduct Medal

DCM

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

CGM

George Medal

GM

Distinguished Service Medal

DSM

Military Medal

MM

Distinguished Flying Medal

DFM

Air Force Medal

AFM

British Empire Medal

BEM

Sea Gallantry Medal

SGM

Volunteer Officers Decoration

VD

Territorial Decoration

TD