THE ROYAL NAVY

Honorary Distinctions

For many Americans, the sets of letters which sometimes appear after the names of British and Commonwealth military and civil officials may be confusing.
Fortunately, the Navy List included a page which listed what distinction each set of letters represented. I repeat that information here just in case anyone is interested.

K.G. - Knight of the Garter
K.T. - Knight of the Thistle
K. P. - Knight of St. Patrick
G.C.B. - Knight Grand Cross of the Bath
K.C.B. - Knight Commander of the Bath
C. B. - Companion of the Bath
O. M. - Member of the Order of Merit
G. C. S. I. - Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India
K. C. S. I. - Knight Commander of the Star of India
C. S. I. - Companion of the Star of India
G. C. M. G. - Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George
K. C. M. G. - Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George
C. M. G. - Companion of St. Michael and St. George
G. C. I. E. - Knight Grand Commander (?) Order of the Indian Empire
K. C. I. E. - Knight Commander Order of the Indian Empire
C. I. E. - Companion of Order of the Indian Empire
G. C. V. O. - Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
K. C. V. O. - Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
C. V. O. - Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
M. V. O. - member of the Fourth or Fifth Classes of the Royal Victorian Order
G. B. E. - Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
K. B. E. - Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
C. B. E. - Commander of the Order of the British Empire
O. B. E. - Officer of the Order of the British Empire
M. B. E. - Member of the Order of the British Empire
D. S. O. - Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
I. S. O. - Companion of the Imperial Service Order
D. S. C. - Distinguished Service Cross
M. C. - Military Cross
D. F. C. - Distinguished Flying Cross
A. F. C. - Air Force Cross
R. R. C. - Royal Red Cross
A. M. - Albert Medal
C. G. M. - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
D. S. M. - Distinguished Service Medal
M. S.M. - Meritorious Service Medal
R. D. - Royal Naval Reserve Officers' Decoration
V. D. Volunteer Officers' Decoration
V. C. - Victoria Cross
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