Military Cross

The Military Cross (MC) is the third-level (second-level pre-1993) military decoration awarded to officers and (since 1993) other ranks of the British Armed Forces, and formerly awarded to officers of other Commonwealth countries.

Military Cross
Military Cross
TypeMilitary decoration
Awarded for... gallantry during active operations against the enemy.[1]
DescriptionObverse: Straight armed silver cross, Royal Cypher in centre
Reverse: plain
Presented byUnited Kingdom and Commonwealth
EligibilityBritish, (and formerly) Commonwealth and allied forces
StatusCurrently awarded
Established28 December 1914
First awarded1 January 1915 to 98 officers and warrant officers.[2]
TotalIncluding further awards:[3]
George V: c. 43,500
George VI: over 11,500
Elizabeth II: c. 750
Total recipientsOver 52,000[4]


Military Cross ribbon:
without bar, and with one and two bars
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Conspicuous Gallantry Cross[5]
Next (lower)Distinguished Flying Cross[5]
RelatedMilitary Medal

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 the British Armed Forces of any rank.[6] In 1979, the Queen approved a proposal that a number of awards, including the Military Cross, could be recommended posthumously.[7]