George Medal

Awarded only for acts of great bravery as was intended primarily for civilians. 


Awards to the military were confined to actions for which purely military honours


were not normally granted.

George Medal

Medal:


Circular, 1.42 inches silver

Obverse:

King George VI: Crowned effigy of the reigning monarch and a legend.

GEORGEIVS VID: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: (1940-1949)

Reverse:

Shows St. George on horseback slaying the Dragon with the legend THE GEORGE MEDAL


Bars:

The silver, slip-on bar is laurelled and is awarded for a further act of bravery.


Mounting:


A single-toe scroll claw at the top of the medal has a hollow ball through with a larger silver ring passes.


Ribbon:


1¼ inches wide red ribbon, with five equally spaced thin blue stripes.


Awarded to:


Awarded to civilians for acts of great bravery but not so outstanding as to merit consideration for the George Cross.

The GM is also awarded to military personnel for those acts for which military honours would not normally granted,

such as acts of great bravery not in presence of the enemy.


History:

The George Medal was introduced at the same time as the George Cross when, during the summer of 1940 as Britain came under

intense air attack,

Winston Churchill introduced a new medal to recognise the many acts of gallantry performed by civilians.

In January 1941 the King published Warrants relating to award of the for outstanding gallantry, and the GM for outstanding bravery.

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