First awarded in 1939, The King's (later Queen's) Commendation for Brave Conduct could be considered the civilian equivalent of the Mention in Despatches. In 1942 the award was extended to members of the armed forces where a Mention in Despatches was considered not appropriate.
Military personnel wear a bronze oak leaf identical to the second type of Mention in Despatches. Civilians wear a silver laurel leaf. In both cases it is worn on the appropriate campaign medal. If no medal has been awarded, the emblem is worn on the uniform after any other medal ribbons, or on civilian clothes, it is worn on the lapel.
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