Guide to British Honours (for the Uninformed)

L. Bird pkeets at
Thu Dec 30 21:08:22 CST 2004

Orders of the British Empire

King George V in 1917 created these honours during World War 1 to reward 
services to the war effort by civilians at home and servicemen in support 

The orders are now awarded mainly to civilians and service personnel for 
public service or other distinctions and has a military and a civil 
division. Ranks in the Order are Knight or Dame Grand Cross (GBE), Knight or 
Dame Commander (KBE or DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE) and Member 

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