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The Conspicuous gallantry cross

Issued by the British Government for Gallantry

The Conspicuous gallantry cross
Bombardier, Feb 5, 2004

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      The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) is a second level military decoration of the British Armed Forces. Created in 1993 and first awarded in 1995, it was instituted after a review of the British honours system to remove distinctions of rank in the awarding of gallantry decorations. The Victoria Cross is the only higher combat gallantry award presented by the United Kingdom.
      The CGC, which may be awarded posthumously, is awarded "in recognition of an act or acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy". All ranks of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, and Royal Air Force may be awarded the CGC in recognition of qualifying acts of gallantry. Bars are awarded to the CGC in recognition of the performance of further acts of gallantry meriting the award. Recipients are entitled to the postnominal letters CGC.
      Awarded by Monarch of the United Kingdom
      United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
      Type Military decoration
      Eligibility British and allied forces
      Awarded for ... an act or acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy.[1]
      Status Currently awarded
      Description 36mm max width; silver cross patée imposed on a wreath of laurel, with the Royal Crown in a circular panel in the centre. Suspended by a ring from a plain suspension bar
      October 1993
      First awarded 1995
      Total awarded 53 individuals, 1 collective award
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