Conspicuous Gallantry Medal


Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) (UK).png

px90 px90
CGM (Flying) obverse
CGM (Left) and CGM (Flying) (Right) ribbons
Awarded by UK and Commonwealth
Type Military decoration.
Eligibility British, (formerly) Commonwealth, and allied forces.
Awarded for Gallantry in the field.
Status Discontinued 1993.
Statistics
Established 7 July 1874
Precedence
Next (higher) Victoria Cross
Equivalent Distinguished Conduct Medal
Next (lower) Distinguished Service Medal, Military Medal, Distinguished Flying Medal, Air Force Medal
Related Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM) was, until 1993, a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Armed Forces (and from September 1942 to personnel of the Merchant Navy of rank equivalent to that of Petty Officer or Seaman) and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy at sea or in the air.

The original Royal Navy medal was instituted briefly in 1855, and fully on 7 July 1874. During World War II, the Royal Air Force medal - the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - was added, from 1943.

The Medal was the other ranks' equivalent of the Distinguished Service Order when awarded for bravery to commissioned officers, although it ranked well below that in order of precedence, between the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal. Recipients of the medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "CGM".

In 1993, the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, Distinguished Service Order (when awarded specifically for gallantry) and Distinguished Conduct Medal were all replaced by the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC). The CGC is tri-service and is awarded to all ranks. It is second only to the Victoria Cross for bravery in action.

Description

  • The medal is circular, silver, 36mm in diameter. The obverse of this medal bears the head of the reigning monarch
  • The reverse has the words 'FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY' in three lines, encircled by a laurel wreath and surmounted by an Imperial Crown.
  • The suspender is of an ornate scroll type.
  • The ribbon for the naval version of the medal was changed in 1921 from one of two stripes of dark blue flanking a central white stripe to a white ribbon with narrow dark blue edge stripes. On its institution, the Air Force version of the ribbon was sky blue with narrow dark blue edge stripes.
  • A silver, laurelled bar was awarded for additional acts of pre-eminent bravery.

See also

  • Category:Recipients of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
  • British and Commonwealth orders and decorations

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Conspicuous Gallantry Cross — Obverse of the medal. Ribbon: 32mm, white with blue edges and a red central stripe. Awarded by Her Majesty The Queen Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland …   Wikipedia

  • Conspicuous Gallantry Cross — Avers de la médaille. Ruban: 32mm, blanc à bords bleus et une bande centrale rouge. Type médaille militaire Éligibilité britannique et forces alliées. Décerné pour ... an act or acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Conspicuous Gallantry Cross — Das Conspicuous Gallantry Cross Das Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) ist die zweithöchste Tapferkeitsauszeichnung der Streitkräfte des Vereinigten Königreichs nach dem Victoria Kreuz. Es wurde 1993 im Zuge einer Untersuchung des britischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Conspicuous Gallantry Decoration (Rhodesia) — The Conspicuous Gallantry Decoration was Rhodesia s highest civil decoration and the second highest award available to members of the armed forces. It was awarded for acts of the highest gallantry and brave conduct of an outstanding order in a… …   Wikipedia

  • Sea Gallantry Medal — Ribbon of the SGM Awarded by United Kingdom Type Civil decoration …   Wikipedia

  • Police Cross for Conspicuous Gallantry (Rhodesia) — The Police Decoration for Gallantry was a Rhodesian gallantry award. A handful were awarded for conspicuous gallantry to members of the British South Africa Police, Police Support Unit and Police Reserve. Institution The award was instituted in… …   Wikipedia

  • Medal of Honor — Verliehen von Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Art Orden …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Medal of Honor — For other uses, see Medal of Honor (disambiguation). Medal of Honor From left to right, the Army, Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard, and Air Force medals Awarded by the President in the …   Wikipedia

  • Medal of Valor (Civil Air Patrol) — See also: Awards and decorations of the Civil Air Patrol Contents 1 History 2 Silver Medal of Valor 3 Bronze Medal of Valor 4 Recipients …   Wikipedia

  • Medal of Valor — The Medal of Valor is a type of medal given to honor military or public safety personnel who have served with gallantry. Contents 1 Medals 2 Other 3 See also 4 References …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.