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Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (United Kingdom)

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Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)

The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM) was, until 1993, a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Armed Forces (and from September 1942 to personnel of the Merchant Navy of rank equivalent to that of petty officer or seaman) and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy at sea or in the air.

The original Royal Navy medal was instituted briefly in 1855, and fully on 7 July 1874. During World War II, the Royal Air Force medal – the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) – was added, from 1943.[1]


The medal is circular, silver, 36mm in diameter. The obverse of this medal bears the head of the reigning monarch

The reverse has the words 'FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY' in three lines, encircled by a laurel wreath and surmounted by an Imperial Crown.


A silver, laurelled bar was awarded for additional acts of pre-eminent bravery.


The ribbon for the naval version of the medal was changed in 1921 from one of two stripes of dark blue flanking a central white stripe to a white ribbon with narrow dark blue edge stripes. On its institution, the Air Force version of the ribbon was sky blue with narrow dark blue edge stripes.

at sea ribbon until-1921
at sea ribbon after 1921


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