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Legion of Merit (Rhodesia)

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The Legion of Merit was a Rhodesian order of merit awarded to both civilian and military recipients for service to Rhodesia.

Institution

The award was instituted in 1970 by Presidential Warrant, the first awards being made the same year. The last awards were made in June 1980. The civil class was suspended from a green and gold ribbon. The military class differed by featuring a red stripe on the green and gold ribbon.

Classes

There were five classes of the order:
  • Grand Commander (GCLM)
  • Grand Officer (GLM)
  • Commander (CLM)
  • Officer (OLM)
  • Member (MLM)
The incumbent President of Rhodesia served as Grand Master of the Legion of Merit. Recipients of the order were entitled to the post-nominal letters indicated above. It was retained by the government of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia as well, the President of that state also serving as Grand Master.

Zimbabwe

The Legion of Merit was superseded in April 1981Zimbabwe Government Statutory Instrument No. 197A of 1981, 17 April 1981. by the Zimbabwe Order of Merit, which is awarded to civilians as well as military personnel for eminent achievement and services to Zimbabwe.

Notable recipients

While the higher grades of the order were used almost exclusively by Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front government to reward political service, recipients of the lower and middle grades included a number of notable military leaders, community leaders and civil servants.

Grand Commanders

There were only 5 GCLMs:
{ Civil Division
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S. E. Morris Chief Native Commissioner, Senator
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W. H. H. Nicolle Secretary for Internal Affairs
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Robert Stumbles Speaker of the House
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N. H. B. Bruce Governor of the Reserve Bank of Rhodesia
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Jack Howman Minister of Defence, Minister of Information, Minister of Tourism
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Leo Cardwell Ross Secretary for Information, Immigration and Tourism
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Lance Smith Minister
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D. W. YoungSecretary to the Treasury;
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Desmond Lardner-Burke Minister of Justice, Minister of Law and Order;
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Douglas Lilford Founder and Vice President, Rhodesian Front
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E. A. T. SmithSecretary for Justice
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T. A. T. BosmanAttorney General of Rhodesia
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Harold HawkinsCommander of the Rhodesian Air Force, Ambassador to South Africa
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Roger Hawkins Minister
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B. H. MussettMinister of Transport
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C. N. WhetmoreSecretary
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J. F. Gaylard Secretary
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A. P. SmithMinister
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David SmithMinister of Finance
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P. K. van der Byl Minister of Defence
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P. D. W. R. Sherren Commissioner of Police
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N. H. B. Cambitizis Rhodesia Front
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George Holland Hartley Speaker of the House
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Mark Partridge Minister for Natural Resources
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Jack William Pithey Acting President of Rhodesia, President of the Senate, Secretary of Justice
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Henry Everard Acting President of Rhodesia
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W. M. Irvine Minister of Transport and Power
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Ken FlowerHead of the Central Intelligence Organisation
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! colspan="2" Military Division
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Lt. Gen. Peter Walls
Head of the Rhodesian Security Forces

Commanders


There were 32 CLMs (Civil Division) and 4 CLMs (Military Division).
{ Civil Division
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Janet Smith
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Wife of Prime Minister Ian Smith
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! colspan="3" Military Division
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Col. Ronald Reid-Daly
Commanding officer of the Selous Scouts

Others

There were 126 OLMs (Civil Division).
There were 35 OLMs (Military Division) and 10 OLMs (Military Division) (Combatant).
There were 300 MLMs (Civil Division), 55 MLMs (Military Division) and 10 MLMs (Military Division) (Combatant).

External links

  • Orders, Medals and Decorations of Zimbabwe and Rhodesia
  • Image on medals.org.uk
Category:Orders, decorations, and medals of Rhodesia
 
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