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British Awards, Honours and Decorations - page 1


The illustrations on this page are provided courtesy of Worcestershire Medal Services Ltd.  This section is not intended to give a definitive list of all British Honours and Awards, merely to illustrate the main awards which will be mentioned in the biographical pages.

This section is in four parts: - 

1. British Decorations,  2. British Orders of Chivalry,  3. Medal Ribbons and  4. Foreign Orders and Awards 

Decorations for Gallantry and Leadership

Victoria Cross

VC

RAF personnel awarded the VC

Victoria Cross

The highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, which can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth forces.  It can be awarded to all ranks.

Instituted: 1856

Numbers awarded to RAF - 31

The only RAF officers to receive this award who later attained Air Rank were: -

Air Commodore F W FWest,

Air Commodore H I Edwards

George Cross 

GC

For more details about the award of the GC: -

Link to George Cross Database website

RAF personnel awarded the GC

George Cross

This is the highest award of gallantry available to civilians and to members of the armed forces when not in direct contact with the enemy.  The GM is awarded for acts not considered as warranting the award of the George Cross

Instituted: 1940

The only Air Officer to have received this award is: -

Air Vice Marshal Sir Laurance Sinclair

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross 

CGC

Conspicuous Gallentry Cross This award was introduced as a step to removing distinctions of rank in the award of decorations.  It replace the DSO for gallantry as well as the GCM and the DCM.

Instituted: 1993

Distinguished Service Order

DSO

Distinguished Service Order

Bar to the DSO

Originally intended to be awarded to officers below field rank for acts of gallantry not considered to warrant the VC.  From 1993 it was to be awarded for 'Leadership' acts of gallantry being rewarded with the CGC.

Instituted: 1886

Distinguished Service Cross

DSC

Distinguished Service Cross Originally awarded to Naval officers below Lieutenant Commander ineligible for the award of the DSO.  From 1993 ratings have also been eligible to receive this award.

Instituted: 1901 (as Conspicuous Service Cross, renamed - 1914)

Military Cross

MC

Military Cross

Bar to the MC

Awarded to junior Army officers and Warrant Officers, it could also be awarded to RAF officers whilst serving on the ground.  From 1993 all ranks have been eligible to receive this award.

Instituted: 1914

 

Distinguished Flying Cross

DFC

Distinguished Flying Cross

Bar to the DFC

This was introduced to replace the MC for RAF officers after its formation in 1918.  It is awarded for acts of gallantry in the face of the enemy. From 1993 all ranks have been eligible to receive this award.

Instituted: 1918

Air Force Cross

AFC

Air Force Cross

Bar to the AFC

This was introduced to replace the MC for RAF officers after its formation in 1918.  It is awarded for acts of gallantry in non operational spheres and for meritorious service on flying duties .  From 1993 all ranks have been eligible to receive this award.

Instituted: 1918

 

Albert Medal

AM

  Two recipients of the award reached Air Rank: -

Marshal of the RAF Lord Newall

Air Commodore C C Darley

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