Order of Merit

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Holders of the Order of Merit (1902-2012)

HARRISON, Reginald Carey (1908 - 1990), Commendatore, Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, 1967; actor

ARGENTI, Philip Pandely (died 1974), formerly Cultural Counsellor at the Royal Greek Embassy in London; Commander, Order of George I (Greece); Commander, Order of Phoenix (Greece); Commander, Order of Merit (Italy)

Baden-Powell, Robert Stephenson Smyth (1857 - 1941), Chevalier Order of Christ of Portugal; Grand Cross Alfonso XII; Grand Cross Order of Dannebrog; Order of Merit Chile; Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer of Greece; Order of the Crown of Belgium; Cross of Commander of Legion of Honour; Knight of Grace, St John Order; Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland); 1st Class Order of Merit (Hungary); Order of White Lion (Czecho-Slovakia); Order of Phoenix (Greece); Grand Cross Order of Merit (Austria); Grand Cross of Gediminus (Lithuania); Grand Cross of Orange of Nassau (Holland); Grand Cross of Order of the Sword (Sweden); Grand Cross of Three Stars (Latvia)

LUKE, Harry (Charles) (1884 - 1969), Bailiff of Egle and Bailiff Grand Cross, Order of St John of Jerusalem; Grand Officer of Merit, Sovereign Military Order of Malta

DUNCAN, (Charles Edgar) Oliver (1892 - 1964), Grand Cross of Merit of Sovereign and Military Order of Malta; Grand Cordon of Royal Order of Saint-Sava with accompanying decorations

BISZTYGA, Jan (born 1933), Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta 1970; Order of Merit 1973; Senior Advisor to President, Bartimpex, since 2003

RUIZ SOLER, Antonio (1921 - 1996), Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, 1951; Comdr Order of Civil Merit, 1964; Spanish dancer; Director, Ballet Nacional Español

FUKUI, Dr Kenichi (1918 - 1998), Order of Culture, Person of Cultural Merits (Japan), 1981; Grand Cordon, Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), 1988; Director, Institute for Fundamental Chemistry, Kyoto, Japan, since 1988

SCHÄRF, Adolf (1890 - 1965), Grand Star of Austrian Order of Merit, 1957; Federal President of Austria since 1957 (re-elected 1963)

LIGETI, György Sándor (1923 - 2006), Member, Order of Merit, Germany, 1975; music composer; Professor for Composition, Hamburg Academy of Music, 1973–89

FOWLER-DIXON, John Edwin (1850 - 1943), Swedish Order of Merit; journalist, founder of the Athletic News Agency


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The order was established by Edward VII in June 1902, limited to 24 persons in the armed forces or of distinction in art, science, or literature. It was based upon Frederick the Great's Pour la mérite and is in the personal gift of the sovereign.

Subjects: British History.

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