Badge and Ribbon of a Companion of The Distinguished Service Order & DSO
medal, ribbon and three bars
Cross, pattee. The medal has a convex obverse with an Imperial Crown in gold in a circular red enamel centrepiece surrounded by a wreath made from two sprigs of laurel, enamelled in green. The arms of the cross are enamelled in white and edged with silver gilt. The reverse bears the GRV cypher, ornate, overlaid and interlaced, in gold, in a circular red enamel centrepiece. The remainder of design is as the obverse. The cross is suspended from a straight bar, laurelled suspender with a central swivelling ring on lower horizontal edge. The ribbon is red with two equal vertical stripes of blue. The bar, when awarded is straight in gilt and bears a small crown.
First World War period DSO (with three bars) awarded to Commander Archibald Walter Buckle RNVR, Commanding Officer, Anson Battalion, RNVR. His first DSO was awarded in December 1917; his second DSO in March 1918; his third in August 1918 and his fourth in October 1918.
Commander Buckle died at the age of thirty-eight in May 1927.
Commander Archibald Walter Buckle's DSO and three Bars were left to his son who died in 1996 and at his request, his widow has given the medals to the Museum
The IWM's Art Department holds a fine portrait of Buckle painted by Ambrose McEvoy.