Order of MeritThe Order of Merit (OM) is a British honorary institution. It was established in 1902 by King Edward VII as a reward for distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture.
The order is limited to 24 members, but additional foreigners may be added as "honorary members". The order is open to women; Florence Nightingale was the first, in 1907. Members are entitled to the post-nominal OM.
The badge has the appearance of a red Maltese Cross surmounted by a golden crown.
- Robert Baden-Powell
- Winston Churchill
- Dwight Eisenhower
- Dorothy Hodgkin
- Louis Mountbatten
- Florence Nightingale