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The Van Riebeeck Decoration, post-nominal letters DVR, is a South African military decoration for bravery which was instituted by the Union of South Africa in 1952. It was awarded to officers for distinguished service in the field.

Van Riebeeck Decoration
Van Riebeeck Decoration and Bar
TypeMilitary decoration for bravery
Awarded forDistinguished service in the field
CountrySouth Africa
Presented bythe Monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms and, from 1961, the State President
EligibilityOfficers
Post-nominalsDVR
StatusDiscontinued in 1975
Established1952
First awarded1974
Last awarded1974
Total2
Ribbon bar
SADF pre-1994 & SANDF post-2002 orders of wear
Next (higher)
SADF precedence:
SANDF precedence:
Next (lower)
SADF succession:
SANDF succession:

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The Union Defence Forces (UDF) were established in 1912 and renamed the South African Defence Force (SADF) in 1958. On 27 April 1994, it was integrated with six other independent forces into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The Van Riebeeck Decoration, post-nominal letters DVR, was instituted by Queen Elizabeth II on 6 April 1952, during the Tercentenary Van Riebeeck Festival. The logical post-nominal letters would have been VRD, but since those were already being used for the Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, which had also been awarded to South Africans, the letters DVR were chosen instead.

The Van Riebeeck Decoration was awarded to officers for distinguished service against an enemy in the field. Only two decorations were ever awarded, both in 1972. A silver-gilt bar was authorised to denote a second award, but was never awarded.

With effect from 6 April 1952, when the Van Riebeeck Decoration and several other new decorations and medals were instituted, these new awards took precedence before all earlier British orders, decorations and medals awarded to South Africans, with the exception of the Victoria Cross, which still took precedence before all other awards. The other older British awards continued to be worn in the order prescribed by the British Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood.

The position of the Van Riebeeck Decoration in the official order of precedence was revised twice after 1975, to accommodate the inclusion or institution of new decorations and medals, first with the integration into the South African National Defence Force on 27 April 1994, and again with the institution of a new set of awards on 27 April 2003.

South African Defence Force until 26 April 1994

South African National Defence Force from 27 April 1994

The position of the Van Riebeeck Decoration in the order of precedence remained unchanged, as it was on 27 April 1994, when decorations and medals were belatedly instituted in April 1996 for the two former non-statutory forces, the Azanian People's Liberation Army and Umkhonto we Sizwe, and again when a new series of military orders, decorations and medals was instituted in South Africa on 27 April 2003. However, the two Police decorations which succeed the Van Riebeeck Decoration, the South African Police Silver Cross for Gallantry (SCG) and the South African Police Cross for Bravery, Silver (PCFS), exchanged seniority in the official order of precedence, as published in 1994 and 2003 respectively.

Obverse

The Van Riebeeck Decoration was struck in silver-gilt and is in the shape of the five-pointed outline of the Castle of Good Hope, to fit in a 38 millimetres diameter circle. The suspension consists of a cluster of eight protea leaves. The statue of Jan van Riebeeck, which stands in the Heerengracht in Cape Town, is depicted in relief against a background of three rings, representing Van Riebeeck's three ships, with the outer ring inscribed "UITNEMENDE DIENS" at left and "DISTINGUISHED SERVICE" at right.

Reverse

The reverse has the . Specimens struck before 31 May 1961 had Queen Elizabeth II's royal cipher (E II R) above the coat of arms, but this was removed by the time the decoration was first awarded.

Ribbon

The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide and sky blue.

Ribbon bar button
Bar

The Bar displays a field cannon in its centre. When ribbons alone are worn, a separate button displaying a field cannon would have been worn on the ribbon bar. The Bar was never awarded.

The Van Riebeeck Decoration was discontinued in July 1975, when the military decorations and medals of the Republic were revised and some of the 1952 series of decorations and medals were replaced with new decorations and medals.

DVR no. Name Rank Service Unit Date Action cited for
1 Breytenbach, Jan Cmdt SA Army 1 RR 2 Aug 1974 Special Forces operation in Tanzania
2 Woodburne, Lambert Jackson Lt Cdr SA Navy SAS EH 2 Aug 1974 Special Forces operation in Tanzania
  1. South African Medal Website - SA Defence Force : 1952-1975 (Accessed 30 April 2015)
  2. South African Medal Website - Post-nominal Letters (Accessed 28 April 2015)
  3. South African Medal Website - SA Defence Force : 1975-2003 (Accessed 30 April 2015)
  4. Suid-Afrikaanse militêre dekorasies: 1952-1975
  5. Suid-Afrikaanse militêre dekorasies: 1975-2003
  6. Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol. 457, no. 25213, Pretoria, 25 July 2003
  7. CometoCapeTown.com Blast from the past – Van Riebeeck festival in 1952
  8. Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol. 477, no. 27376, Pretoria, 11 March 2005, OCLC 72827981
  9. "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3352. (Access date 14 April 2015)
  10. Government Notice no. 1982 of 1 October 1954 - Order of Precedence of Orders, Decorations and Medals, published in the Government Gazette of 1 October 1954.
  11. Republic of South Africa Government Gazette no. 15093, Pretoria, 3 September 1993
  12. Monick, S, (1988). South African Military Awards 1912-1987. South African National Museum of Military History.
  13. Uys, Ian (1992). Cross of Honour. Germiston: Uys. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0958317321.

Van Riebeeck Decoration Article Talk Language Watch Edit The Van Riebeeck Decoration post nominal letters DVR is a South African military decoration for bravery which was instituted by the Union of South Africa in 1952 It was awarded to officers for distinguished service in the field 1 2 Van Riebeeck DecorationVan Riebeeck Decoration and BarTypeMilitary decoration for braveryAwarded forDistinguished service in the fieldCountry South AfricaPresented bythe Monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms and from 1961 the State PresidentEligibilityOfficersPost nominalsDVRStatusDiscontinued in 1975Established1952First awarded1974Last awarded1974Total2Ribbon barSADF pre 1994 amp SANDF post 2002 orders of wearNext higher SADF precedence Honoris Crux Silver SANDF precedence Honoris Crux SilverNext lower SADF succession Honoris Crux 1975 SANDF succession Honoris Crux 1975 Contents 1 The South African military 2 Institution 3 Award criteria 4 Order of wear 5 Description 6 Discontinuation 7 Recipients 8 ReferencesThe South African military EditThe Union Defence Forces UDF were established in 1912 and renamed the South African Defence Force SADF in 1958 On 27 April 1994 it was integrated with six other independent forces into the South African National Defence Force SANDF 1 3 4 5 6 Institution EditThe Van Riebeeck Decoration post nominal letters DVR was instituted by Queen Elizabeth II on 6 April 1952 during the Tercentenary Van Riebeeck Festival The logical post nominal letters would have been VRD but since those were already being used for the Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve which had also been awarded to South Africans the letters DVR were chosen instead 2 7 8 Award criteria EditThe Van Riebeeck Decoration was awarded to officers for distinguished service against an enemy in the field Only two decorations were ever awarded both in 1972 A silver gilt bar was authorised to denote a second award but was never awarded 1 Order of wear EditMain article South African military decorations order of wear Order of wear With effect from 6 April 1952 when the Van Riebeeck Decoration and several other new decorations and medals were instituted these new awards took precedence before all earlier British orders decorations and medals awarded to South Africans with the exception of the Victoria Cross which still took precedence before all other awards The other older British awards continued to be worn in the order prescribed by the British Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood 8 9 10 The position of the Van Riebeeck Decoration in the official order of precedence was revised twice after 1975 to accommodate the inclusion or institution of new decorations and medals first with the integration into the South African National Defence Force on 27 April 1994 and again with the institution of a new set of awards on 27 April 2003 8 South African Defence Force until 26 April 1994 Official SADF order of precedence Preceded by the Honoris Crux Silver HCS Succeeded by the Honoris Crux 1975 HC 11 Official national order of precedence Preceded by the Honoris Crux Silver HCS Succeeded by the South African Police Cross for Bravery Silver PCFS 11 South African National Defence Force from 27 April 1994 Official SANDF order of precedence Preceded by the Honoris Crux Silver HCS of the Republic of South Africa Succeeded by the Honoris Crux 1975 HC of the Republic of South Africa 8 Official national order of precedence Preceded by the Honoris Crux Silver HCS of the Republic of South Africa Succeeded by the South African Police Silver Cross for Gallantry SCG of the Republic of South Africa 8 The position of the Van Riebeeck Decoration in the order of precedence remained unchanged as it was on 27 April 1994 when decorations and medals were belatedly instituted in April 1996 for the two former non statutory forces the Azanian People s Liberation Army and Umkhonto we Sizwe and again when a new series of military orders decorations and medals was instituted in South Africa on 27 April 2003 However the two Police decorations which succeed the Van Riebeeck Decoration the South African Police Silver Cross for Gallantry SCG and the South African Police Cross for Bravery Silver PCFS exchanged seniority in the official order of precedence as published in 1994 and 2003 respectively 8 11 Description EditObverse The Van Riebeeck Decoration was struck in silver gilt and is in the shape of the five pointed outline of the Castle of Good Hope to fit in a 38 millimetres diameter circle The suspension consists of a cluster of eight protea leaves The statue of Jan van Riebeeck which stands in the Heerengracht in Cape Town is depicted in relief against a background of three rings representing Van Riebeeck s three ships with the outer ring inscribed UITNEMENDE DIENS at left and DISTINGUISHED SERVICE at right 1 12 Reverse The reverse has the pre 1994 South African Coat of Arms Specimens struck before 31 May 1961 had Queen Elizabeth II s royal cipher E II R above the coat of arms but this was removed by the time the decoration was first awarded Ribbon The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide and sky blue 1 Ribbon bar button Bar The Bar displays a field cannon in its centre When ribbons alone are worn a separate button displaying a field cannon would have been worn on the ribbon bar The Bar was never awarded Discontinuation EditThe Van Riebeeck Decoration was discontinued in July 1975 when the military decorations and medals of the Republic were revised and some of the 1952 series of decorations and medals were replaced with new decorations and medals 1 Recipients EditDVR no Name Rank Service Unit Date Action cited for1 Breytenbach Jan Cmdt SA Army 1 RR 2 Aug 1974 Special Forces operation in Tanzania 13 2 Woodburne Lambert Jackson Lt Cdr SA Navy SAS EH 2 Aug 1974 Special Forces operation in Tanzania 13 References Edit a b c d e f South African Medal Website SA Defence Force 1952 1975 Accessed 30 April 2015 a b South African Medal Website Post nominal Letters Accessed 28 April 2015 South African Medal Website SA Defence Force 1975 2003 Accessed 30 April 2015 Suid Afrikaanse militere dekorasies 1952 1975 Suid Afrikaanse militere dekorasies 1975 2003 Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol 457 no 25213 Pretoria 25 July 2003 CometoCapeTown com Blast from the past Van Riebeeck festival in 1952 a b c d e f Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol 477 no 27376 Pretoria 11 March 2005 OCLC 72827981 No 56878 The London Gazette Supplement 17 March 2003 p 3352 Access date 14 April 2015 Government Notice no 1982 of 1 October 1954 Order of Precedence of Orders Decorations and Medals published in the Government Gazette of 1 October 1954 a b c Republic of South Africa Government Gazette no 15093 Pretoria 3 September 1993 Monick S 1988 South African Military Awards 1912 1987 South African National Museum of Military History a b Uys Ian 1992 Cross of Honour Germiston Uys pp 10 11 ISBN 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