Firstly: Style—It is ordained that the Medal shall be styled and designated
“The Polar Medal”.
Secondly: Description—The Medal shall be in silver and octagonal in shape, bearing on the obverse the Effigy of the Sovereign and on the reverse a representation of the ship Discovery in winter quarters with, in the foreground, a sledging party on skis.
Thirdly: Riband—The Medal shall be worn on the left breast suspended from a white riband 1 inch and a quarter in width.
Fourthly: Eligibility—The Medal shall be conferred on those who have personally made notable contribution to the exploration and, or, knowledge of the Polar Regions and who, in so doing, have undergone the hazards and rigours imposed by the Polar environment to life and movement, whether by land, sea or air. Only those who have participated in an expedition which has been either the responsibility of 1 or more Governments of Member countries of the Commonwealth, or have been recognised by 1 or more of such Governments shall be eligible. The award may be conferred in recognition of individual service of outstanding quality in the fields of exploration, scientific research or general service on Polar expeditions. Due account will be taken of the difficulties overcome in performing this service. The award may exceptionally be conferred on all members of a team when all have contributed to the achievement which it is desired to commend. The term
“exploration” shall ordinarily be understood as including travel, but an outstanding acquisition of knowledge by means which do not depend upon travelling will merit consideration. Exceptionally, an award may be made for a Polar achievement which did not include exploration or result in the advancement of knowledge; eligibility then being restricted to those who took an active part in the achievement and who also fulfilled the other qualifying conditions set out in this Our Warrant.
Fifthly: Service required—The period of service living working in arduous conditions of a Polar climate requisite to qualify anyone to be considered for the Medal shall normally total not less than 12 months, exception being made to this rule in special circumstances.
Sixthly: Clasps—Every Polar Medal to be awarded shall be accompanied by a Clasp to be worn on the riband of the Medal and bearing the date appropriate to the achievement for which the Medal is awarded. When further service has been rendered by a holder of the Polar Medal, which under the terms of this Our Warrant would otherwise merit recognition by the award of the Medal, a second Clasp shall be awarded, and a further Clasp shall be granted in respect of each such additional service.
Seventhly: Posthumous awards—Awards of the Medal with Clasp or, as appropriate, of the Clasp alone, may be made posthumously.
Eighthly: Withholding of award—The Medal or Clasp shall not be awarded when service which would otherwise be qualifying service has been marred by misconduct or neglect of duty.
Ninthly: Recommendations—Awards shall be made only on a recommendation to Us by Our Secretary of State for Defence or the appropriate Minister of State of a Commonwealth Country.
Tenthly: Foreign nationals—The Award of the Medal with Clasp or, as appropriate, of the Clasp alone, may be made irrespective of nationality to a member of a Commonwealth expedition, or to a member of the Commonwealth part of a larger expedition organised jointly by 2 or more nations, provided that the other qualifying conditions set out in this Our Warrant are fulfilled. A recommendation of a foreign person under this provision shall be made to Us, by Our Secretary of State for Defence, or in the case of any oversea Member country of the Commonwealth the Government whereof shall desire to recommend a foreign person on a recommendation by the appropriate Minister of State for the said country.
Eleventhly: Registration—The names of those upon whom We may be pleased to confer the Medal and Clasp, or the Clasp, on the recommendation of Our Secretary of State for Defence, not being foreign subjects, shall be published in the London Gazette and a register thereof kept in Our Ministry of Defence. The publication and registration of awards to citizens of other Member countries of the Commonwealth shall be carried out by the Government concerned but the Ministry of Defence shall be informed.
Twelfthly: Names of recipients—The name of a recipient shall be engraved or stamped on the rim of the Medal.
Thirteenthly: Order of wear—In the official list showing the order in which Orders, Decorations and Medals shall be worn, the Polar Medal shall be placed after War Medals and before the Royal Victorian Medal.
Fourteenthly: Miniatures—Reproductions of the Medal and Clasp in miniature, which may be worn on certain occasions by those upon whom the Medal and Clasp have been conferred, shall be half the size of the Polar Medal and Clasp respectively, and a sealed pattern of the said miniature Medal and Clasp shall be deposited and kept in the Central Chancery of Our Orders of Knighthood.
Fifteenthly: Date of application—The terms of this Our Warrant shall apply to all recommendations made after the date of approval of this Warrant.
Sixteenthly: Forfeiture and restoration—It is ordained that it shall be competent for Us, Our Heirs and Successors, by an Order under Our Sign Manual and on a recommendation to that effect by Our Secretary of State for Defence, or in the case of any overseas Member country of Our Commonwealth, the Government whereof shall desire to submit such a recommendation, by the appropriate Minister of State for the said country, to cancel and annul the award to any person of the Medal and Clasp or Clasps, and that thereupon the name of such person in the Register shall be erased: provided that it shall be competent for Us, Our Heirs and Successors to restore the Medal so forfeited when such recommendation has been withdrawn.
Seventeenthly: Regulations—It is ordained that the Medal and Clasp or Clasps shall be conferred under such regulations as to grant, forfeiture, restoration, and other matters, in amplification of this Our Warrant as may, with Our approval signified through Our Secretary of State for Defence be issued from time to time by Our Defence Council, or as may with Our approval be issued by the appropriate Minister of State in any oversea Member country of the Commonwealth Our Government whereof shall so desire.
Lastly—We reserve to Ourself, Our Heirs and Successors, full power of annulling, abrogating, augmenting interpreting or dispensing with these rules and ordinances, or any part thereof, by a notification under Our Sign Manual.