Medal of the Order
Order of Polonia Restituta
Order of Poland Restored
Conferred upon Sir Robert Baden-Powell in 1927
Instituted by act of Parliament of
February 4, 1921. Conferred on Polish and foreign citizens for merit to the Polish Country
and Nation in the field of art and science, industry, agriculture, politics,
as well as for the acts of civilian bravery and self-sacrifice. Until 1974, when the Order
of Merit was established, it was also a "diplomatic" order awarded to foreign
authorities on ceremonial occasions. The order was conferred in five classes: Grand Cross,
Grand Commander, Commander, Officer (est. 1922) and Member.
Badge: white enameled gilt Maltese cross with ball finials. Medallion: white
crowned eagle with regalia on red background; the blue circle bears the Latin motto:
POLONIA RESTITVTA (Poland Restored). Reverse: gilt arms, without enamel; medallion
bears the year 1918 on red background. The badges of Officer and Member are of a different
Star: eight sets of plain silver
rays. Medallion: entwined cipher RP (Rzeczpospolita Polska – Republic of
Poland) and the order’s motto in a blue circle around. The star of Grand Commander was
worn on the right breast.
||Sir Robert Baden-Powell
Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell
Honors and Decorations
||In 1933, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell and
a contingent of 650 Guides and Scouts sailed to the countries of the Baltic on an
"Argosy of Peace." The Cruise of the Calgaric,
relates the story of the cruise and provides a rare picture of Scouting in Poland, the
Baltic states and Scandinavia prior to the Second World War.
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