Decoration & Medals

UK Awards

The Distinguished Conduct Medal

Instituted by Queen Victoria in 1854 to recognise the many acts of gallantry being performed by troops in the Crimea.

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The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Instituted in 1993 to replace the DCM, CGM, CGM (Flying) and the DSO when awarded for gallantry.

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The Military Medal

Instituted in 1916 as a Level 3 award, this medal was discontinued in 1993.

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The Military Cross

The Military Cross, orginally reserved for Officers below the rank of Major and Warrant Officers, is since 1993 open to all ranks.

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The George Medal

Instituted on 24 September 1940 by King George VI to reward people from all walks of life, particularly during the blitz.

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The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying)

The CGM (Flying)introduced in 1942 as a Level 2 award for RAF NCOs and men.

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The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

The CGM awarded to naval personnel for gallantry in action against the enemy. A Level 2 award

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Australian Awards

Star of Gallantry

The Star of Gallantry recognises acts of oustanding heroism in circumstances of great peril.

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Star of Courage

The Star of Courage is awarded for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril

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New Zealand Awards

New Zealand Bravery Star

A Level 2 award for acts of outstanding bravery in situations of danger.

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New Zealand Gallantry Star

A Level 2 award for acts of outstanding gallantry in situations of danger.

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Canadian Awards

Star of Military Valour

Star of Military Valour - Canada

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History of the League

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