Hi Camelneck, Both Order of merit and Medal for Merit are founded on 25th of December 1881 by Prince Alexander Battenberg Medal of Merit comes in three Classes 1st Class Gold 2nd Class Silver 3rd Class Bronze   Order of Merit comes in two Classes 1st Class Gold 2nd Class Silver   Both are associated with the Order of St Alexander Order of Merit is with the laurel and swords  II is military decoration and was i given for merit in war tim