The latest award of this is to the NHS. It should be noted that the award is to the organisation and as such individuals may not wear the medal, miniature, ribbon emblem or use the post nominals GC. A replica may be purchased as a keepsake but cannot be named to anoyone other than a bona fide recipient.
Instituted in 1940 to recognise acts of great gallantry primarily on the home front which did not qualify for Military honours.
The Cross was named after King George VI and is awarded to Military and civilians alike for gallantry of the highest level.
It was awarded to the island of Malta to recognise its gallantry during WWII and awarded collectively to the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 2000. HM the Queen presented it at Hillsborogh Castle in April 2000.
Equivalent in rank to the VC, the GC is awarded to Military personnel for gallantry "not in the face of an enemy"
The latest individual awards, to Lieutenant, now Captain, Samuel Shephard of the Royal Marines for attempting to save the life of a fellow RM Officer in a training exercise off the coast of Egypt and to Dominic Troulan for his rescue of people caught up in the Al-Shabab attack on the shopping Mall in Kenya. The award to Dominic Troulan was the first to a civilian for 41 years.
This is die-struck in the same manner as the original awards.
We are delighted to be an approved manufacturer of the George Cross to The Central Chancery of The Orders of Knighthood.