The Most Honourable Order of the Bath


  • Order is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725.
  • Order awarded to citizens of the Commonwealth in recognition of meritorious military and civil service.
  • Prior to 1815, the order had only a single class - Knight Companion.

  • Order consists of the Sovereign, the Great Master and three Classes of members: Knight Grand Cross (GCB) or Dame Grand Cross (GCB), Knight Commander (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB) and Companion (CB).
  • Collar is worn by Knights and Dames Grand Cross on formal occasions along with a mantle.
  • Insignia of the Civil Division:

  • Insignia of the Military Division:

Orders of Knighthood