The Distinguished Service Medal was (until 1993) a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Royal Navy and members of the other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, up to and including the rank of Chief Petty Officer, for bravery and resourcefulness on active service at sea.
The medal was established on 14 October 1914. It was the Other Ranks' equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross, which was awarded to commissioned officers and Warrant Officers, although it ranked below that decoration in order of precedence, between the George Medal and the Military Medal. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DSM". In 1993, the DSM was discontinued, and since then the Distinguished Service Cross has been awarded to personnel of all ranks.
This is an incomplete list of Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) recipients from the London Borough of Lewisham area and is being added to as new people are found.
Collins, Bernard RN awarded the DSM January 1945 of Deptford (KM 5 January 1945)
Evans, B J RN Awarded DSM Oct 1942 of Deptford (Portrait and article KM 23 October 1942)
Johnson, Bruce W RN awarded the DSM December 1944 of Deptford (KM 8 December 1944)
Nicholls, James M RN awarded the DSM July 1946 of Deptford (KM 5 July 1946 with portrait)
Shiret, James F Seaman awarded the DSM March 1941 of Deptford (KM 14 March 1941)
Stevenson, Charles H RN awarded the DSM August 1945 of Deptford (KM 3 August 1945 with portrait)
Weekes, A W RN awarded the DSM April 1942 of Deptford (KM 17 April 1942)
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