|Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart CMG DSO|
With regards to the Brigadiers medals, on the top row he has the Order of St Michael and St George (presumably he's a Companion of the Order, since any higher and he would have been a Sir, which we know doesn't happen until much later); the British Empire Medal (awarded for meritorious military service worthy of recognition by the Crown); and the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), which in actual fact means he should properly be addressed as Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart CMG DSO (It should also be noted that the order of precedence is wrong; the DSO should come before the British Empire Medal). On the bottom row of medals he wears the General Service Medal; and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal. After this he wears medal ribbons for foreign awards he has earned, including the Legion of Merit; the medal of a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour; and the Canadian Forces Decoration.
|The Brigadier's medal ribbons during the early 1970s|
Regarding medals, it should also be noted, just to add to the UNIT dating controversy, that none of the military characters wear the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, which was issued in 1977 to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne of the United Kingdom. This suggests, as observed in the Fifth Doctor Story “Mawdryn Undead” that the UNIT stories do indeed take place before 1977 (interestingly, in “Battlefield” it can be seen that this particular medal has actually been added to the Brigadier’s Service Dress uniform).