The Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) was (until 1993) 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.
From 1942, members of the Navy and Air Force were entitled to the award.
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.
The George VI has King George VI's (Reigned 1936-52) royal cypher and Imperial crown on the Reverse side and Monarchs effigy on the obverse side.
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