Distinguished Service Order - History

Distinguished Service Order - History

The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other parts of the Commonwealth of Nations, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. The order was established for rewarding individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war. It was a military order, until recently for officers only, and normally given for service under fire or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy, although it was awarded between 1914 and 1916 under circumstances which could not be regarded as under fire (often to staff officers, which caused resentment among front-line officers). After 1 January 1917, commanders in the field were instructed to recommend this award only for those serving under fire.

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  • Profile picture for John Nathael De La Perrelle

    Born 1870

    British Army Lieutenant The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 6th Battalion

    British Army Major Acting Lieutenant Colonel Special Reserve/Royal Fusiliers

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Royal Fusiliers