(a) GEORGEIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE
IMP: (for WWII)
(b) GEORGEIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID:
DEF: *(for Korea)
Queen Elizabeth II: A crowned effigy, facing
right, and the legend:
ELIZABETH II D: G: BR: OMN: REGINA R: D: (for
Korea and Vietnam)
The reverse shows the legend
FOR/DISTINGUISHED/SERVICE in three lines,
encircled by a laurel wreath and surmounted by an
A straight suspender is fastened to the medal
with a single-toe claw.
The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide and consists of
three equal stripes: dark blue, white, and dark
blue, with a thin dark blue stripe down the centre
of the white.
The edge of the medal was impressed until 1944,
and thereafter engraved with the service number,
rank, initials, surname and service of the
The medal was instituted on 14 October 1914.