I’ve had a look around my book marked websites and came across this.
From the Chaplains listed in consolidated extracts of various Navy Lists 1844-1879 on the website of “Late 18th, 19th and 20th century Naval and Naval Social History” (www.pbenyon.plus.com/Naval.html
While many of those listed have no notations, several have, “Awarded Medal (m) or Foreign Order (FO): m” under their names, so I assume that is what the “m” you are questioning means, but that doesn’t explain the single * or in one case under “Instructor Captains” a triple *
You should be able check for a medal by looking for an entry in, “UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972” on Ancestry.
I suggest you obtain confirmation of the meaning of both the m and * from the author of the above web site (remove “/Naval.html” from URL and you will see his email), alternatively contact the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth (www.royalnavalmuseum.org
) and I’d be most interested in the response; perhaps you’d be so kind as to add it this thread.