Badge of a Member of the Order of Merit (Military Division) & OM
Badge and riband.
Badge: cross pattee, convex, surmounted by a hinged crown. The motto of the order is in raised letters of gold on a circular dark blue enamel centrepiece having a raised edge of white enamel and surrounded by a laurel wreath in gold and green enamel. The whole in the centre of the cross, the arms of which are enamelled red, outlined in blue enamel and edged with gold. The points, in silver, and hilts, in gold, of two crossed swords protrude between the angles formed by the arms of the cross. The upper vertical arm is surmounted by a hinged Imperial crown enamelled in the proper colours.
Badge obverse legend: "FOR MERIT" .
Badge reverse: ER VII cypher, ornate and interlaced, in raised letters of gold on a circular dark blue enamel center piece, remainder of design as obverse. The suspender ring is oval and laurelled (connected to badge via hinged link in the orb of the crown). The neck ribbon is 'Garter' blue and crimson in two equal vertical stripes, each 24.5 mm wide.
Badge of the Order of Merit (OM) awarded to Field Marshal Sir John French (1st Earl of Ypres).
Description - shape : the Statutes of the Order describe the badge as a "Cross of eight points" and the riband as "parti-coloured"
Reference : (?) 1936 : (The) Statutes of the Order of Merit : p 3
Engraved, lower vertical arm, edge (unique serial number)