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The Rhodesian honours system was established at the time that Rhodesia declared itself a republic in 1970, when a system of military and civil decorations and awards was instituted by Presidential Warrant in November 1970.[1]

List of honours

The list of Rhodesian honours and decorations, in order of precedence, is as follows:

  • The Grand Cross of Valour (G.C.V.)
  • The Conspicuous Gallantry Decoration (C.G.D.)
  • The Grand Commander of the Legion of Merit (G.C.L.M.)
  • The Grand Officer of the Legion of Merit (G.L.M.)
  • The Independence Decoration (I.D.)
  • The Independence Commemorative Decoration (I.C.D.)
  • Commander of the Legion of Merit (C.L.M.)
  • Police Cross for Conspicuous Gallantry (P.C.G.)
  • The Silver Cross of Rhodesia (S.C.R.)
  • Prison Cross for Gallantry (R.P.C.)
  • Officer of the Legion of Merit (O.L.M.)
  • The Member of the Legion of Merit (M.L.M.)
  • The Police Decoration for Gallantry (P.D.G.)
  • The Bronze Cross of Rhodesia (B.C.R.)
  • The Police Cross for Distinguished Service (P.C.D.)
  • The Defence Cross for Distinguished Service (D.C.D.)
  • The Rhodesia Prison Cross for Distinguished Service (P.S.C.)
  • The Meritorious Conduct Medal (M.C.M.)
  • The Rhodesia Prison Medal for Gallantry (R.P.M.)
  • The Medal for Meritorious Service (M.S.M.)
  • The Police Medal for Meritorious Service (P.M.M.)
  • The Defence Force Medal for Meritorious Service (D.M.M.)
  • The Rhodesia Prison Medal for Meritorious Service (P.M.S.)
  • The President’s Medal for Chiefs
  • The President’s Medal for Headmen
  • The Military Forces’ Commendation
  • The Director’s Commendation (Prisons)
  • The Police Long Service Medal
  • The Exemplary Service Medal
  • The Prison Long Service Medal
  • Police Reserve Long Service Medal
  • The Medal for Territorial or Reserve Service
  • Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  • The Rhodesia Badge of Honour
  • The President’s Medal for Shooting

In addition, the General Service Medal was awarded for military and police service; the Prison General Service Medal for prison service, and a District Service Medal for the Department of Internal Affairs.

Details and recipients

Around 12,000 awards were given out between 1970 and 1981. The last Rhodesian gallantry awards were awarded in June 1980,[1] three months after Zimbabwe's independence. However, Rhodesian long-service decorations continued to be given to police officers and service personnel until October 1981.[2]

The most highly-decorated soldier in the Rhodesian Army was Major Grahame Wilson, second-in-command of the Rhodesian SAS, who was awarded the Grand Cross of Valour, Silver Cross of Rhodesia and Bronze Cross of Rhodesia.[3]

See also

  • Zimbabwean honours system

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rhodesia Medal Roll, p7
  2. Rhodesia Medal Roll, p120
  3. SAS Rhodesia, p283

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