Distinguished Conduct Medal
Medal Entry 2, Distinguished Conduct Medal
32 mm crimson with a dark blue central stripe.
Size: 36 mm.
Obverse, originally a trophy of arms but since 1902 the effigy of the reigning sovereign. Reverse, a four line inscription across the field, FOR DISTINGUSHED CONDUCT IN THE FIELD.
The need for a gallantry medal for other ranks was first recognised during the Crimean War, although the Meritorious Service Medal had previously been awarded for gallantry in the field on odd occasions. The medals have always been issued named and carry the number, rank and name of the recipient on the rim together with the date of the act of gallantry from 1881 to about 1901. Bars are given for subsequent awards and these too were dated from the first issued in 1881 until 1916 when the more usual laurelled bars were adopted. Since 1916 it has ranked as a superior decoration to the Military Medal. As a result of the 1993 Review of gallantry awards and resultant changes to the operational gallantry award system, the decoration has been replaced by the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.
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