Welcome to the Gallantry Medallists’ League
Field Marshal, HRH The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC
Rear Admiral Sir Jeremy de Halpert KCVO CB
Lieutenant General Sir Cedric Delves KBE DSO
Sir Ronnie Flanagan GBE MA
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) JRT Balding MBE GM
Mr Ken Irvine GM
"United We Stand"
Introduction and Welcome from the President
It was during the Crimean War that the Government came under pressure from the House of Commons and the Press to recognise the individual acts of gallantry being performed by the soldiers of the British Army. While the Order of the Bath had been used to recognise acts of gallantry by officers of field rank or above, no official awards for gallantry existed until the introduction of the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) in 1854.
Today the UK Honours and Awards system recognises distinguished acts of bravery or gallantry of the highest order by members of the civil community and the uniformed services. Recipients will have selflessly placed themselves in jeopardy to protect or save lives and property, often with little concern for their own safety. Decorations and medals for gallantry are not freely given and the importance of the gallantry awards can scarcely be overstated; they are the ultimate public recognition that an individual can receive. Gallantry medal recipients at any level, stand as an example to us all and provide an inspiration to everyone.
Membership of the Gallantry Medallists’ League is open to all recipients of a Level 2 or Level 3 gallantry award from the UK or Commonwealth; other classes of membership are open to recipient’s families as well. These awards have gone to men and women, for unselfish acts of great bravery in the UK, the Commonwealth and overseas; they have been made in times of peace and war, and war-like situations. We especially remember those who could not join the League; those individuals awarded posthumous awards having died tragically whilst showing remarkable courage and placing the interests of others before themselves. The League also recognises that there are many others, both military and civilian, whose selfless acts of courage and heroism are not recorded.
We would be delighted to welcome any new members into the League so please take a look at the site to find out more about us. The League is not about being elitist; despite their past heroics, our members show great humility and are great company. What we all have in common is our own act of bravery that has been marked out for us through public recognition and that solidarity with us is enough to make you feel welcome. It was Winston Churchill who said in the House of Commons on the 22nd March 1944 that, "The object of giving medals, stars and ribbons is to give pride and pleasure to those who have deserved them.
" Click on the Decorations and Medals
link to learn more about UK and Commonwealth Gallantry Awards and some of the recipients.
If you would like to make yourself known and join us, please navigate to the Membership
page where full details of eligibility and the relevant application forms can be downloaded. Alternatively please email any enquiries directly to Enquiries