Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

The highest military decoration, awarded for valour and devotion to duty in the face of the enemy to members of the armed forces ... Read more

Distinguished Service Order

Distinguished Service Order

Awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat, serving under fire... Read more

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for meritorious or distinguished service before the enemy ‘by men of His Majesty’s Fleet’... Read more

Military CrossMilitary Cross

Awarded for an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land to captains or officers of lower rank up to warrant officers... Read more

Distinguished Flying CrossDistinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy, to personnel of the Royal Air Force and other services... Read more

Air Force CrossAir Force Cross

Awarded for acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty when flying by officers and warrant officers, but not in active operations against the enemy... Read more

Distinguished Conduct MedalDistinguished Conduct Medal

Awarded for gallantry in the field, an distinguished award for bravery for NCOs and soldiers of the British Army, second only to the Victoria Cross for ‘other ranks’... Read more

Distinguished Service MedalDistinguished Service Medal

Awarded to members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, up to and including the rank of Chief Petty Officer. For bravery and resourcefulness on active service... Read more

Military MedalMilitary Medal

Awarded to personnel of the British Army, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for bravery in battle on land... Read more

Distinguished Flying MedalDistinguished Flying Medal

Awarded to non-commissioned officers for exceptional valour, courage or devotion to duty while flying in active operations against the enemy... Read more

Air Force Medal

Awarded for acts of courage or devotion to duty when flying, though not in active operations against the enemy... Read more 

Mentioned in despatchesMentioned in Despatches

Though not a medal, for actions during WW1, soldiers were entitled to receive a certificate and wear a decoration of a spray of oak leaves in bronze... Read more