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Agnes Grieve Johnston OBE


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I wonder if anyone can help me with any further details/information on Agnes! 
I am researching this family and came across this on Ancestry.

“The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Medal of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Military Division) to the undermentioned in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with military operations in France and Flanders.

Her details are….Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps. JOHNSTON, Agnes Grieve. No: 8963. Forewoman Cook.


What would her valuable services? Would it be ensuring that everyone was fed and watered?? Would that be “enough” to be awarded an OBE?

Thanks Tam


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1 hour ago, Craigellachie said:

Would that be “enough” to be awarded an OBE?

Short answer: No.

However, what was awarded in this case was the Medal of the Order of the British Empire. At the foundation of the order, the Medal of the Order of the British Empire was instituted, to serve as a lower award granting recipients affiliation but not membership. In 1922, this was renamed the British Empire Medal (BEM)

see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire_Medal#:~:text=The British Empire Medal is,of the British Empire itself.

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