Distinguished Service Order
A bar is awarded for an act which would have earned the order in the first place. The bar is plain gold with an Imperial Crown in the centre. The year of the award is engraved on the reverse.
A gold cross, enamelled gold and edged in gold.
In the centre, within a wreath of laurel, enamelled green, the Imperial Crown in gold upon a red enamelled ground.
Within a wreath of laurel, enamelled green, the Royal Cypher in gold upon a red enamelled ground.
A ring at the top of the medal attaches to a ring at the bottom of a gold bar, ornamented with laurel. At the top of the ribbon is a second gold bar ornamented with laurel.
The red ribbon is 1.125 inches wide with narrow blue edges. A rosette is worn on the ribbon in undress to signify the award of a bar.
The Royal Warrant was published in the London Gazette on 09 November 1886.
Officially unnamed, some recipients have privately had their names engraved on the back of the suspension bar.
There have been 1,220 Distinguished Service Orders, 119 first bars and 20 second bars awarded to Canadians.
There have been 9 Signals recipients of the DSO. Please see Distinguished Service Order - Signals Recipients for a listing of the individuals.