Order of Merit
The Order of Merit has been instituted along with the Royal Order
“Saint Alexander” and for about two years it has existed as a medal,
associated with the above order. It has been used to decorate military men
instead of the silver Medal of merit. In 1883, the decoration has officially
been converted to an order, associated with the more senior Order of St Alexander.
There was one single class during this period,
and it was referred to as the Order of Merit.
Ever since its institution, the order has been a military decoration.
Theoretically though, after the introduction of the 1st class of the order,
the so called golden badge, the decoration could also be bestowed
upon non-army personnel – senior civil servants, cabinet ministers and alike.
Date established: 25th December 1881/6th January 1882
Number of classes: Two (gold and silver badges)
Being awarded for: To army officers and generals
for their merits to the Crown and army
Shape: Circular medallion encircled with laurel wreath and two crossed swords
Ribbon: The crimson ribbon of the Order of Saint Alexander or
the sky-blue ribbon of the Military order “For Bravery” (for wartime merits)