The South African
Military History Society

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Military History Journal
Vol 1 No 1 - December 1967

ORDER OF PRECEDENCE OF
ORDERS, DECORATIONS AND MEDALS

by G.R. DUXBURY

The following Order of Precedence extracted from Government Gazettes Extraordinary of 6 January 1967, 17 November 1967 and 22 December 1967 should serve to clarify the position in regard to the order in which orders, decorations and medals should be worn.

(a) Decorations and Medals for Gallantry, Distinguished and Meritorious Service and Exceptional Devotion to Duty-

Castle of Good Hope Decoration.
In order of date of award:
Louw Wepener Decoration.
The South African Police Cross for Bravery
The South African Railways Police Cross for Valour
followed by:
Star of South Africa.
Van Riebeeck Decoration.
Honoris Crux.

In order of date of award:
Van Riebeeck Medal
Louw Wepener Medal
The South African Police Star for Distinguished Service
The Decoration for Distinguished Service in the South African Railways Police Force
followed by:
In order of date of award:
Southern Cross Medal
Pro Merito Medal
The South African Police Star for Merit
The Star for Merit in the South African Railways Police Force

(b) Campaign Medals: In order of date of campaign.

(c) Commemoration Medals: In order of date of Institution.

(d) Awards for Efficiency, Long Service and Good Conduct
In order of date of award:
Permanent Force Good Service Medal.
The South African Police Medal for Faithful Service. Prisons Good Service Medal.
The Medal for Faithful Service in the South African Railways Police Force
followed by:
John Chard Decoration.
De Wet Decoration.
John Chard Medal.
Cadet Corps Medal.

(e) Awards for Skill at Arms and Proficiency in Musketry
Commandant General's Medal.

(f) Awards for Voluntary and Unremunerated Service.

(g) Other Orders, Decorations and Medals.

(i) Orders, decorations and medals of the United Kingdom awarded to South African citizens at the request of the South African Government and South African decorations and medals which have heen superseded or are for some other reason no longer awarded: In the order of precedence prescribed at the date of award, provided that the orders, decorations and medals of private organisations may not be worn on the left breast with official awards.

(ii) Foreign Orders, Decorations and Medals: In order of date of award, provided that these awards may not be worn unless the State President's permission has been obtained.

For the information contained in this as well as the preceding article the Author acknowledges his debt of gratitude to the Government Printer, Pretoria.

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