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Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

The Conspicious Service Cross was instituted in 1901 by King Edward to "recognize meritorious or distinguished services before the enemy" and could be confered to -acting- warrant officers or subordinate officers of His Majesty's Fleet. Persons could not be nominated unless they had been mentioned in despatches; recipients could add the letters CSC to their names.
In October 1941, the name of the decoration was amended to Distinguished Service Cross and conferment was extended to all Naval and Marine officers below the relative rank of Lieutenant-Commander. The letters behind the recipient's names altered to DSC.
The London Gazette of December 23rd, 1939, announced the King's approval that Commanders and Lieutenant-Commanders of the Royal Navy and officers of equivalent rank also be eligible for the DSC. In 1940, Army and RAF officers serving aboard Merchant Navy vessels also became eligible.
Bars could be awarded for subsequent acts of meritorious service.
The silver coloured award, which has a height of 1.75" and a maximum width of 1.37" has the shape of a cross and depicts the Royal Cypher ‘GRI’ on the obverse, surmounted by a crown. The reverse of the award is plain apart from the hallmark, with the year of the award engraved on the lower arm. The ribbon is 1.37" wide and consists of three equal vertical stripes, navy blue, white and navy blue. The bar for subseqeunt acts, made of silver with a crown in the centre, is worn on the ribbon
During WW2, 199 DSC's were awarded to Canadians with 34 first and 5 second bars; since 1945 fewer than 100 DSC’s have been awarded.
The DSC is the only purely Naval decoration and as such was awarded to the town of Dunkirk for the gallant behaviour of its inhabitants during WW 1.

Balfry, Charles Patrick* 1906
† August 1992

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Bakker, Bartele Broer13-03-191816-05-1988 
Baldock, Frank Andrew   
Balfry, Charles Patrick00-00-190600-08-1992 
Bartosik, Czeslaw Jozef "Joe"20-07-191714-01-2008more 
Bayley, John Maurice   
Beauchamp-St. John, Michael13-05-191523-01-2009 
Behague, Alfred Charles30-12-1899  
Benham, Gregory Wade02-07-191401-09-1942 
Bennetts, Sydney William Floyd15-12-1903  
Bergeret, André15-04-190426-12-1966more 
Biggs, Reginald C.   
Bird, Ronald Arthur00-00-191710-04-1946 
Bishop, Lennox Craig 07-09-1953 
Bitmead, Jack   
Bordes, Breon George Buckle   
Bourgat, Felix John   
Bowerman, Harold Godfrey10-06-1904  
Bray, William T.00-00-191500-00-1967 
Bridson, Gordon02-12-190906-12-1972 
Bromage, John Henry   
Buckley, James Brian "Jimmy"23-04-190521-03-1943 
Budge, Patrick David 10-12-1904 
Burchell, Harry T.   
Burgham, Allen Russell29-10-192010-11-2011more 
Burk, Charles Arthur "Bones"17-09-191606-06-1997 
Burke, Cornelius02-09-191625-04-1999more 
Burt, Edward Alfred