|British Empire Medal|
|Type||Medal affiliated with an order|
|Awarded for||Meritorious service|
|Presented by||Elizabeth II|
|Motto||For God and the Empire|
|Last awarded||13 June 2015|
|Next (higher)||Royal Victorian Medal|
|Next (lower)||Queen's Police Medal|
|Related||Order of the British Empire|
The British Empire Medal (formally British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service) is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. It may be awarded posthumously, and is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service. Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "BEM".
The honour is divided into civil and military medals in a similar way to the Order of the British Empire. Like the ribbons used for other classes of the Order of the British Empire, the ribbon of the British Empire Medal is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, with the addition of a pearl-grey central stripe for the military division. While recipients are not technically counted as members of the Order, these medals are nevertheless affiliated with it.
The 1946 New Year Honours were appointments by many of the Commonwealth Realms of King George VI to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries, and to celebrate the passing of 1945 and the beginning of 1946. Recommendations for appointments to the Order of the British Empire were made on the nomination of the United Kingdom, the self-governing Dominions of the Empire (later Commonwealth) and the Viceroy of India. They were announced on 1 January 1946 for the United Kingdom, and Dominions, Canada, the Union of South Africa, and New Zealand.
Listed are the 1946 New Year Honours recipients of the British Empire Medal (BEM), divided into military and civil divisions.