A ring at the top of the
medal attaches to a ring at the bottom of a gold bar, ornamented with laurel. At the top of the ribbon is a second gold bar ornamented with laurel.
The red ribbon is 1.125 inches wide with narrow blue edges. A rosette is worn on the ribbon in undress to signify the award of a bar. DATES
The Royal Warrant was published in the London Gazette on 09 November 1886.
Officially unnamed, some recipients have privately had their names engraved on the back of the suspension bar.
There have been 1,220 Distinguished Service Orders, 119 first bars and 20 second bars awarded to Canadians.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER - (DSO)
The order was established for rewarding individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war. This is a military order for officers only, and
while normally given for service under fire or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy, it was awarded between 1914 and 1916 under circumstances which could not be regarded as
under fire. After 01 January 1917, commanders in the field were instructed to recommend this award only for those serving under fire. Prior to 1943, the order could be given only to someone
Mentioned-in-Dispatches. The order is generally given to officers in command, above the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and awards to ranks below this are usually for a high degree of gallantry just short of
deserving the Victoria Cross.