Military Medal

Military Medal George V: 115,500 awarded
Military Medal George VI: 15,000 awarded
Military Medal ER


The Military Medal (MM) was (until 1993) a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Army and other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for bravery in battle on land.
The medal was established on 25 March 1916. It was the other ranks' equivalent to the Military Cross (MC), (which was awarded to commissioned officers and, rarely, to Warrant Officers, although WOs could also be awarded the MM). The MM ranked below the MC and the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), which was also awarded to non-commissioned members of the Army.
Recipients of the Military Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "MM".
In 1993 the Military Medal was discontinued. Since then the Military Cross has been awarded to personnel of all ranks.

A circular silver medal of 36 mm diameter. The obverse bears the effigy of the reigning monarch.
The reverse has the inscription "FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD" in four lines, surrounded by a laurel wreath, surmounted by the Royal Cypher and Imperial Crown
The suspender is of an ornate scroll type.
The ribbon is dark blue, 1.25 inches wide, with five equal centre stripes of white, red, white, red, and white (0.125 inches each).
Silver, laurelled bars are authorised for subsequent awards.

The George V has King George V's (Reigned 1910-1936) royal cypher and Imperial crown on the Reverse side and Monarchs effigy on the obverse side.

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.

This medal was discontinued in 1993, present day recipients are awarded the Military Cross instead.



Major LL Gordon, 'British Battles & Medals

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