Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr each became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1965, to the surprise of many of their fans. At the time, John said, "Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war — for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more." Although, he later returned it as a peace protest in 1969. Paul McCartney went on to become a Knight Bachelor in 1997, hence the "Sir" honorific.