Belgium WW1 Order de Leopold II Chevalier (Mentioned-in-Despatches)
WW1 Belgium Order de Leopold II Chevalier - Knights Cross with MID palm; this medal was instituted on 24 August, 1900 by King Leopold II as an Order for the Congo State, but became a Belgian Order in 1908 when Belgium took over the Congo as a Colony. The original award was known as the Decoration of the Order of Leopold II (Decoration de l'Ordre de Leopold II) and consisted of 3 classes as follows: 1st Class (Gold Cross), 2nd Class (Silver Cross) and 3rd Class (Medals in Gold, Silver or Bronze). The ribbon was 36mm wide, dark blue with a 6mm black central stripe. A Constitutional Decree of the Independant State of Congo (No. 5) was published on 1 May, 1903 which revised the Order to 6 classes: Grand-Croix, Grand-Officiers, Commandeurs, Officiers, Chevaliers and Medals. The order may be conferred on Belgians and on foreigners, as a reward for services to the Monarch and as a token of his personal goodwill. Military personnel decorated in WW1 or WW2 who have been mentioned-in-despatches have a gold or silver palm with an "A" for "Albert" or an "L" for "Leopold" on the ribbon.