HC Deb 27 February 1940 vol 357 c1913W
Mr. Boothby

asked the Prime Minister what honours or decorations may be posthumously conferred?

The Prime Minister

The military honours and decorations which may be posthumously conferred are, in addition to campaign medals, the Victoria Cross, the Medal of the Order of the British Empire, for Gallantry, and the Indian Order of Merit. There are civil divisions of these last two honours. Other awards which may be given posthumously are the Albert Medal, the Medal for saving life at sea, the Edward Medal and the King's Police Medal. Very rarely a Peerage or Baronetcy has been conferred on a son in respect of services rendered by a deceased parent, and, in exceptional circumstances, rank may be granted to a widow as though she were the relict of a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.