The Order of The British Empire

Meticulous research, nicely produced, a comprehensive review of the origins and history of the OBE. The OBE is one of the most widely recognized Orders, introduced to provide recognition of civilians that also includes a Military Division – Very Highly Recommended.


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NAME: The Order of The British Empire
FILE: R2689
AUTHOR: Peter Galloway
PUBLISHER: Worcestershire Medal Service with WritersWorld
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  394
PRICE: £39.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Orders, decorations, medals, Great Britain, British Empire, 
civilian orders, OBE, Grand Master, Chapel, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

ISBN: 978-0-9955531-3-2

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DESCRIPTION: Meticulous research, nicely produced, a comprehensive 
review of the origins and history of the OBE. The OBE is one of the 
most widely recognized Orders, introduced to provide recognition of 
civilians that also includes a Military Division  – Very Highly 
Recommended.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was created during 
WWI and at that time there was a British Empire that accounted for 
a significant percentage of the world land mass and population. In 
the period of the dash from Empire, the political popularity of 
talking Britain down, and the policy of successive British 
Governments for Managed Decline of the nation, there has been 
controversy about the 'British Empire' in the Order's title. There 
have been a variety of crass suggestions, mainly from the left of 
politics, that the Order either be abolished or renamed The People's 
Medal. Fortunately, it has survived unscathed and continues to be 
widely accepted and regarded.

This book is a revised and updated edition that will be specially 
valued by collectors of medals and decorations and as an unequalled 
reference work.

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, 
GCVO, GBE, AK, QSO Grand Master of the Most Excellent Order of the 
British Empire has written a nicely judged foreword to the book that 
in a page neatly encapsulates the key factors of the Order since its 
inception.

The Great War of 1914-1918 was dramatically different from previous 
wars. The American Civil War may have been the first Industrial 
Revolution War, against an agrarian society, but The Great War was 
the first Industrial War between Industrial nations. Britain was no 
longer protected in all respects by the seas. German terror bombers 
flew over the British Isles targeting civilian locations and German 
warships carried out hit and run bombardments of coastal towns. There 
may have been armies in the field, but for the first time all of 
Britain was in the firing line. The war of attrition in France 
demanded full mobilization of men to man the trenches and fight at 
sea, in the air and on land around the world. This required many jobs, 
including hazardous work, to be taken by women. The military was able 
to recommend soldiers, sailors and airmen for a selection of medals 
to recognize conspicuous acts in adequate numbers, but there was no 
similar method of recognizing civilians who were now as much in the 
front line as those in uniform. The Order of the British Empire was 
intended to address this omission.

Since its inception, the OBE has provided an Order that could 
recognize civilians and also provide for a Military Division to fill 
a gap in the decorations available to recognize outstanding action 
by military personnel.

This book provides the most comprehensive information on the OBE, 
its inception and development in clear text with good illustration, 
many images being in full colour. Of particular value are the 
Appendices that cover the Grand Master and Officials, The Knights 
and Dames Grand Cross, and the Forfeitures. 

It is difficult to think of any question that is not answered in 
this balanced account of a well-known and popular Order, that has 
adapted to social change.