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Netherlands, the (1815-present, Kingdom)

The Dutch system of Decorations.

History
The present Dutch system of decorations finds its origins in the institution of the Military Order of William (Militaire Willemsorde) and the Civil Order of Merit of the Dutch Lion. (Orde der Nederlandse Leeuw). Royal Warrants instituted these orders on 30 April 1815. Both orders were the direct consequence of the establishment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1815, immediately after the end of French rule under Napoleon. However, these awards were not the first awards that were presented on Dutch territory.

The notion of Knighthood is a term that most people have in their imagination. The first written account of a presentation of a Knight's Order in the Netherlands dates back to July 15th 1279. That day Count Floris V awarded a Knighthood to 12 noblemen in the Ridderzaal (Knightís Hall) in The Hague. These noblemen were awarded the Order of Saint Jacob. The decorations belonging to this title were a gilt silver necklace with shells and a medallion with the image of Saint Jacob. The Order of the Golden Fleece (Gulden Vlies) became the next award with some sort of importance. Philips de Goede instituted this award on January 10th...

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Orders

Saber of honour
EresabelSaber of honour
In the database: 1
Issued:107
Grand Cross of the Militaire Willems Order (MWO.1)
Grootkruis der Militaire Willems Orde (MWO.1)Grand Cross of the Militaire Willems Order (MWO.1)
In the database: 3
Issued:3
Commander of the Militaire Willems Order (MWO.2)
Commandeur der Militaire Willems Orde (MWO.2)Commander of the Militaire Willems Order (MWO.2)
In the database: 2
Issued:1
Knight 3rd Class of the Militaire Willems Order (MWO.3)
Ridder derde klasse der Militaire Willems Orde (MWO.3)Knight 3rd Class of the Militaire Willems Order (MWO.3)
In the database: 5
Issued:2
Knight 4th Class of the Militaire Willems Order (MWO.4)
Ridder vierde klasse der Militaire Willems Orde (MWO.4)Knight 4th Class of the Militaire Willems Order (MWO.4)
In the database: 210
Issued:171
Knight Grand Cross in the Order van de Nederlandse Leeuw (NL.1)
Ridder Grootkruis in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw (NL.1)Knight Grand Cross in the Order van de Nederlandse Leeuw (NL.1)
In the database: 12
Issued:unknown
Knight in the Order van deNederlandse Leeuw (NL.3)
Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw (NL.3)Knight in the Order van deNederlandse Leeuw (NL.3)
In the database: 40
Issued:unknown
Knight Grand Cross in the Order van Oranje Nassau (ON.1)
Ridder Grootkruis in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.1)Knight Grand Cross in the Order van Oranje Nassau (ON.1)
In the database: 27
Issued:unknown
Grand Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.2)
Grootofficier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.2)Grand Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.2)
In the database: 41
Issued:unknown
Commander in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.3)
Commandeur in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.3)Commander in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.3)
In the database: 80
Issued:unknown
Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.4)
Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.4)Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.4)
In the database: 153
Issued:unknown
Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.5)
Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.5)Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.5)
In the database: 75
Issued:unknown
Member in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.6)
Lid in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.6)Member in the Order of Oranje Nassau (ON.6)
In the database: 6
Issued:unknown
Medal in the Order of Oranje Nassau in Gold
Medaille in de Orde van Oranje Nassau in GoudMedal in the Order of Oranje Nassau in Gold
In the database: 8
Issued:unknown
Medal in the Order of Oranje Nassau in Silver
Medaille in de Orde van Oranje Nassau in ZilverMedal in the Order of Oranje Nassau in Silver
In the database: 9
Issued:unknown
Medal in the Order of Oranje Nassau in Bronze
Medaille in de Orde van Oranje Nassau in BronsMedal in the Order of Oranje Nassau in Bronze
In the database: 7
Issued:unknown
Grand Cross in the Huisorde van Oranje (HO.1)
Grootkruis in de Huisorde van Oranje (HO.1)Grand Cross in the Huisorde van Oranje (HO.1)
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Grand Officer in the Huisorde van Oranje (HO.2)
Grootofficier in de Huisorde van Oranje (HO.2)Grand Officer in the Huisorde van Oranje (HO.2)
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Knight First Class in the Huisorde van Oranje (HO.5a)
Ridder der Eerste Klasse in de Huisorde van Oranje (HO.5a)Knight First Class in the Huisorde van Oranje (HO.5a)
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Cross of Merit in the Huisorde van Oranje
Kruis van Verdienste in de Huisorde van OranjeCross of Merit in the Huisorde van Oranje
In the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Honour Medals in the Huisorde van Oranje (HO.mv)
Ere Medailles in de Huisorde van Oranje (HO.mv)Honour Medals in the Huisorde van Oranje (HO.mv)
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown

Medals for Merit and Bravery (Not Orders)

Resistance Cross (VKN)
Verzetskruis 1940-1945 (VKN)Resistance Cross (VKN)
In the database: 97
Issued:95
Honourable Mention (EV)
Eervolle Vermelding (EV)Honourable Mention (EV)
In the database: 42
Issued:104
Bronze Lion (BL)
Bronzen Leeuw (BL)Bronze Lion (BL)
In the database: 429
Issued:1037
The Resistance Star, East Asia, 1942-45 (VOA)
Verzetsster Oost-AziŽ 1942-1945 (VOA)The Resistance Star, East Asia, 1942-45 (VOA)
In the database: 80
Issued:470
Bronze Cross (BK)
Bronzen Kruis (BK)Bronze Cross (BK)
In the database: 766
Issued:3040
Cross of Merit (KV)
Kruis van Verdienste (KV)Cross of Merit (KV)
In the database: 266
Issued:2040
Dutch Flying Cross (VK)
Vliegerkruis (VK)Dutch Flying Cross (VK)
In the database: 389
Issued:728
Silver Honor Badge for Humanity
Zilveren Erepenning voor Menslievend EerbetoonSilver Honor Badge for Humanity
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Bronze Honor Badge for Humanity
Bronzen Erepenning voor Menslievend EerbetoonBronze Honor Badge for Humanity
In the database: 4
Issued:unknown

Campaign and Service Awards

Mobilsation Cross 1914-1918
Mobilisatiekruis 1914-1918Mobilsation Cross 1914-1918
In the database: 22
Issued:unknown
Honor Cross for Importand War Areas
Ereteken voor Belangrijke KrijgsbedrijvenHonor Cross for Importand War Areas
In the database: 9
Issued:unknown
Mobilisation War Cross 1939 (MOK)
Mobilisatie-Oorlogskruis (MOK)Mobilisation War Cross 1939 (MOK)
In the database: 133
Issued:unknown
War Commemorative Cross (OHK)
Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)War Commemorative Cross (OHK)
In the database: 438
Issued:unknown
Medal for Order and Peace
Ereteken voor Orde en VredeMedal for Order and Peace
In the database: 93
Issued:unknown
New Guinee Comemmorative Cross
Nieuw-Guinea HerinneringskruisNew Guinee Comemmorative Cross
In the database: 11
Issued:unknown
Ereteken voor Langdurige Dienst als OfficierIn the database: 142
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service, 12 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst, 6 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service, 12 years
In the database: 0
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service, 12 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst, 12 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service, 12 years
In the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service, 24 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst, 24 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service, 24 years
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service, 36 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst, 36 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service, 36 years
In the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service with the KNIL, 6 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de KNIL, 6 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service with the KNIL, 6 years
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service with the KNIL, 12 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de KNIL, 12 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service with the KNIL, 12 years
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service with the KNIL, 18 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de KNIL, 18 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service with the KNIL, 18 years
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service with the KNIL, 24 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de KNIL, 24 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service with the KNIL, 24 years
In the database: 6
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service with the Navy, 12 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de Zeemacht, 12 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service with the Navy, 12 years
In the database: 4
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service with the Navy, 24 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de Zeemacht, 24 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service with the Navy, 24 years
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service with the Navy, 36 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de Zeemacht, 36 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service with the Navy, 36 years
In the database: 7
Issued:unknown
Long, Honest and Faithfull Service with the Navy, 50 years
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de Zeemacht, 50 jaarLong, Honest and Faithfull Service with the Navy, 50 years
In the database: 0
Issued:unknown

Commemorative- / Jubileemedals

Comemmorative Pin Veterans
Draaginsigne VeteranenComemmorative Pin Veterans
In the database: 41
Issued:unknown
Coronation Medal 1948
Inhuldigingsmedaille 1948Coronation Medal 1948
In the database: 9
Issued:unknown
Royal Wedding Medal 1937
Huwelijksmedaille 1937Royal Wedding Medal 1937
In the database: 4
Issued:unknown
KNIL shooting award
Schietprijsster van het KNILKNIL shooting award
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
War Volunteer Badge
Oorlogsvrijwilliger InsigneWar Volunteer Badge
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Resistance Memorial Cross (VHK)
Verzetsherdenkingskruis (VHK)Resistance Memorial Cross (VHK)
In the database: 6377
Issued:unknown
Cross of the Foundation Friends of former-Natzweiler 1940-1945
Borstkruis van de Stichting Vriendenkring van oud-Natzweilers 1940-1945Cross of the Foundation Friends of former-Natzweiler 1940-1945
In the database: 22
Issued:109
Air Defence Service Medal
Herinneringsmedaille Luchtbescherming 1940-1945Air Defence Service Medal
In the database: 3
Issued:unknown

Wounded and Passed-Away Awards

Badge for the Wounded
Draaginsigne GewondenBadge for the Wounded
In the database: 20
Issued:unknown
Golden Organisation Cross for War and Service Victims
Gouden Bondskruis Oorlogs- en DienstslachtoffersGolden Organisation Cross for War and Service Victims
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Silver Organisation Cross for War and Service Victims
Zilveren Bondskruis Oorlogs- en DienstslachtoffersSilver Organisation Cross for War and Service Victims
In the database: 0
Issued:unknown
Bronze Organisation Cross for War and Service Victims
Bronzen Bondskruis Oorlogs- en DienstslachtoffersBronze Organisation Cross for War and Service Victims
In the database: 0
Issued:unknown
Medal Organisation for War and Service Victims
Medaille Bond van Oorlogs- en Dienstslachtoffers.Medal Organisation for War and Service Victims
In the database: 0
Issued:unknown

War and Service Decorations Army

Decoration for Observer
Onderscheidingsteken voor WaarnemerDecoration for Observer
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Parachutist Badge
Para-BrevetParachutist Badge
In the database: 19
Issued:unknown

War and Service Decorations KNIL

Wing Pilot Dutch East Indies
Wing Piloot KNILWing Pilot Dutch East Indies
In the database: 3
Issued:unknown

War and Service Decorations Navy

Onderscheidingsteken Waarnemer MLDIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown

Civilian Decorations

Brief van Dankbetuiging Prins BernhardIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Railroad Strike Medallion 1944
Spoorwegstakingspenning 1944Railroad Strike Medallion 1944
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
50 year's comemmorating the november razzia Noordoostpolder
50 jaar herdenking november razzia Noordoostpolder50 year's comemmorating the november razzia Noordoostpolder
In the database: 0
Issued:unknown

Red Cross

Memorial Cross 1940-1945
Herinneringskruis 1940-1945 van het Ned.RodeKruisMemorial Cross 1940-1945
In the database: 4
Issued:unknown
Cross of Merit of the Dutch Red Cross
Kruis van Verdienste van het Nederlandse Rode KruisCross of Merit of the Dutch Red Cross
In the database: 6
Issued:unknown

Sports Decorations

NOC Skill Medal
Vaardigheidsmedaille van NOCNOC Skill Medal
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Cross for the Four Day Marches
Kruis voor betoonde marsvaardigheidCross for the Four Day Marches
In the database: 11
Issued:unknown
Cross for the Two-Day Military Achievement Journey
Kruis voor de Tweedaagse Militaire PrestatietochtCross for the Two-Day Military Achievement Journey
In the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Cross of the Dutch Commitee for Physical Education in Gold
Bondskruis van de Nederlandse Bond voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding in GoudCross of the Dutch Commitee for Physical Education in Gold
In the database: 0
Issued:unknown
Cross of the Dutch Commitee for Physical Education in Silver
Bondskruis van de Nederlandse Bond voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding in ZilverCross of the Dutch Commitee for Physical Education in Silver
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Cross of the Dutch Commitee for Physical Education in Bronze
Bondskruis van de Nederlandse Bond voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding in BronsCross of the Dutch Commitee for Physical Education in Bronze
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown

Community Decorations

Honory decoration of the City Eindhoven
Ereteken van de Stad EindhovenHonory decoration of the City Eindhoven
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Dankbaarheidsoorkonde gemeente 's-HertogenboschIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown

Collaboration Awards

National Socialist Medal Internement 10-14 May 1940
NSB penning Lotsverbondenheid 10-14 mei 1940National Socialist Medal Internement 10-14 May 1940
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
National Socialist Party Badge for Struggle and Sacrifice
NSB Strijd en Offer DraagtekenNational Socialist Party Badge for Struggle and Sacrifice
In the database: 14
Issued:unknown
WA Membership Badge
WA DraagtekenWA Membership Badge
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Honor Badge National Youth Storm
Eredraagteken Nationale JeugdstormHonor Badge National Youth Storm
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Comemmorative pin Mussert Guard
Herinneringsspeld Mussert GardeComemmorative pin Mussert Guard
In the database: 5
Issued:unknown
National Socialist Party Membership Badge
NSB LedendraagtekenNational Socialist Party Membership Badge
In the database: 13
Issued:unknown
National Socialist Party 5 years Membership Badge
NSB 5 jaar Hou en TrouNational Socialist Party 5 years Membership Badge
In the database: 8
Issued:unknown
National Socialist Party 10 years Membership Badge
NSB 10 jaar Hou en TrouNational Socialist Party 10 years Membership Badge
In the database: 5
Issued:unknown
WA Sporting medal
WA-SportmedailleWA Sporting medal
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
WA Fighters Medal
WA StrijderstekenWA Fighters Medal
In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Eastern Front Plaque
Oostfront PlaquetteEastern Front Plaque
In the database: 1
Issued:unknown

Veteran Associations

Erkentelijkheidskruis in zilverIn the database: 0
Issued:unknown