DEANE, James Charles "Jim", BEM

Display Number:  1201  
Name:  Deane  James Charles "Jim"
Rank:  Petty Officer Stoker Mech Service Number:

 NZD1773 (RNZN),

344212 (Royal Navy)

Date Joined:  7th May 1940 (New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy) Date Discharged:  5th July 1946 (RNZN)

After service in the Royal Navy, Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanician Jim Deane settled in New Zealand. He had previously been awarded the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, serving in HMS Pembroke between the two world wars. He served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in New Zealand and was mobilised in 1940, serving the entire war in the shore establishment HMS/HMNZS Philomel. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 1946 King's Birthday Honours List.

 

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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • British Empire Medal - This medal, officially known as the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service, was awarded for meritorious service by both civil and military personnel although for some years it was issued as a third grade bravery award.. The Order is split into two divisions: Civil division for civilian recipients; and a military division for distinguished service in action. The insignia of the award from both divisions is identical, distinguished only by their ribbons. The rose-gray ribbon with narrow pearl grey stripes shows it was awarded from 1936 onward under the military division of the award. 
  • Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal - Originally awarded for 21 years exemplary conduct, but the period was reduced to 10 years in 1874, then later increased to 15 years. In March 1981 commissioned officers became eligible after 15 years service, provided at least twelve of those were served in the ranks.

Note: The medallion on the right is a fleet medallion of merit for life saving.