Military Cross (M.C.)


TERMS
The Military Cross can be awarded to commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Captain or below (therefore acting and temporary Majors are eligible) or Warrant officers for distinguished and meritorious services in battle. In 1920, the terms were altered to clearly state the award was for gallant and distinguished services in action and that the naval and air force officers could be awarded the cross for gallant and distinguished services on the ground.

DESCRIPTION
A plain silver cross, 1.75 inches across.

OBVERSE
On each arm of the cross is an Imperial Crown and in the centre of the cross is the Imperial and Royal Cypher of the reigning sovereign (GV, GVI, or EIIR).

REVERSE
The reverse is plain with the year of the award engraved on the lower arm.

MOUNTING
The ring welded to the top of the cross is joined to the plain straight suspender ring by a small ring (3 rings).

RIBBON
A watered white ribbon (1.375 inches wide), with a central purple stripe (0.5 inches wide).

DATES
The Military Cross was established on 28 December 1914.

Sitemasters note:
During WWI there had been Military Crosses awarded without citations. These being Gazetted as, "New Year award; No citation." and also "Awarded on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday; No citation". These awards were for accumulative good works by the officers conferred.