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Recipients of the DCM

The Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) was an extremely high level award for bravery.

It was a second level military decoration awarded to other ranks of the British Army and formerly also to non-commissioned personnel of other Commonwealth countries.

The medal was instituted in 1854, during the Crimean War, to recognise gallantry within the other ranks, for which it was equivalent of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) awarded for bravery to commissioned officers, but the DCM ranked well below the DSO in precedence.

Bars were awarded to the DCM in recognition of the performance of further acts of gallantry meriting the award. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters DCM.

A silver medal 36 mm in diameter. The original obverse of this medal depicted a trophy of arms as seen on early Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medals. However in 1902 this was replaced by the effigy of the reigning monarch.
The reverse on all issues bears the inscription
"FOR DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT IN THE FIELD".

The suspender is of an ornate scroll type.

The ribbon is 32 mm wide, with three equal parts crimson, dark blue, and crimson.
Bars were authorised for subsequent awards originally bearing the date of the subsequent awards but changing to laurel wreaths in 1916.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Name
  • initials or full first names
  • rank
  • regimental/service number
  • regiment/unit
  • award date & location/battle/engagement.

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: The National archives
WO101/2, WO102/14, 3/535, 6,7, WO146/1, WO32/6042, WO97/1621,
Mint 21/6,7,8
The London Gazette –many various issues too extensive to list.
Hepheaestus books ‘Recipients of the DCM’
Recipients of the Distinguished conduct medal 1855-1909 P.E.Abbott 1975
ISBN 0-903754-09-6

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