Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

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The Distinguished Service Order was instituted in 1886. It was awarded to officers of the rank of Major or higher for services in actual combat and was occasionally awarded to particularly heroic junior officers. Between 1914 and 1916, however, it was awarded in circumstances that did not constitute actual combat. A bar was added to the ribbon for holders of the DSO who received a second award.

8,981 DSOs were awarded in the First World War. Fifty-seven were awarded to university members and a further two were awarded with a bar.