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Wessel Gordon

Order of wear - South African, UK and US Medals

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Hi everyone

I recently started collecting military medals and intend to put them on display in the correct order of wear. The problem is that the medals originate from three different countries so I'm listing those I have and those i'm busy buying.

1. Victoria Cross (UK)

2. George Cross (UK)

3. Honoris Crux (S.A.)

4. Pro Partia Medal (S.A.)

5. Military Cross (UK)

6. Legion of Merit (US)

7. Purple Heart (US)

8. Distinguished Service Cross (US)

According to my research in the South African Order of Wear the Victoria Cross outranks the Honoris Crux but in which order do I place the other medals?

 

Kind regards,

Wessel Gordon

 

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Wessel

Welcome to the GMIC!  I think the answer to your question must lie in the dress regulations of whichever country the putative wearer of the medals is from/representing.  In other words, if all these were awarded to a South African, according to the SA regs.  If to a Brit, I strongly suspect the order would be British, SA, US.  If to an American... US first and ??? after thagt.

The old British Indian Army is a life long hobby of mine I remember, decAdes ago now, my shock on seeing a member of our Corps Of Commissionaire's - a security force at airports and government buildings recruited from ex-servicemen - who was wearing three or four WWII medals after his post-Independence Indian Army awards.  He'd obviously stayed in the IA into the '50s and so the order was correct, in that technically the WWII stars were 'foreign awards' after 1947.

If, on the other hand, these medals simply represent a series of senior awards from various nations, my personal tendency would be to group them by nation in order of the seniority / importance within each nation, but that's an entirely personal choice.

I hope others will chime in, as I suspect they will!  Again, welcome to the GMIC.

Peter

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Peter,

Thanks for the welcome and reply.

 

I'm from South Africa so if I happened to be a veteran I would adhere to South African dress regulations. At the moment I am leaning towards the order of first South African order of wear, then British, then American followed by whatever nation's medals I accrue in future. 

Due to a birth defect I never served in a military capacity but browsing medal and military sites is at the moment an all-consuming hobby.

 

 

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That's what I'd do too!  Never served myself, either, but have been studying and talking/writing about military history for 'a few decades' now. ;)  Good luck with your passion!

Peter

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I just added an MBE to my collection so my collection is slowly coming together.

If other members have any idea of other medals might interest me please let me know...It the moment I'm trying to focus on bravery/gallantry medals but that might change on a nano-second's notice, 

 

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New medals added to my collection over the last day or two:

9.   MBE (UK) - mentioned in previous post;

10. Pour le Merit (Prussia/Germany - WW 1 era) 

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