|Awarded by United Kingdom and Commonwealth|
|Eligibility||British, (formerly) Commonwealth, and allied forces|
|Awarded for||... gallantry during active operations against the enemy.|
|Description||Silver cross with straight arms, Royal Cypher in centre (obverse)|
|Established||28 December 1914|
|First awarded||1 January 1915 to Lieutenant G.F.H. Brooke, 16th Lancers (Staff Captain).|
|Total awarded||George V: over 40,000|
George VI: over 11,000
Elizabeth II: not published 
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Distinguished Service Cross |
|Next (lower)||Distinguished Flying Cross |
Ribbon of the Military Cross; without, with bar, and with two bars
The Military Cross (MC) is the third-level military award given to officers and (since 1993) other ranks of the British Armed Forces. Previously it was also awarded to officers of other Commonwealth countries.
The MC is granted in recognition of "an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land to all members, of any rank in Our Armed Forces". In 1979, the Queen approved a proposal that some awards, including the Military Cross, could be awarded posthumously.
References[change | change source]
- UK Defence FactSheet, accessed 28 June 2007.
- "No. 29024". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1914. pp. 7–9.
- Mussell, John W. (2014). Medal Yearbook 2014. Honiton, Devon: Token Publishing. ISBN 978-1-908-828-11-8.
- "JSP 761 Honours and Awards in the Armed Forces" (PDF). p. 12A-1. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
- "No. 56693". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 October 2002. p. 11146.
- P E Abbott and J M A Tamplin; British Gallantry Awards, 1981, Nimrod Dix and Co, ISBN 0-902633-74-0, p. xx.