Queen's Gallantry Medal

Queen's Gallantry Medal

(SR 1974/248)


Note

This warrant is administered in the Prime Minister's Department.


  • Preamble

    ELIZABETH R.

    ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting!

    WHEREAS We have taken into Our Royal consideration the many acts of Bravery performed both by male and female persons.

    AND WHEREAS We are desirous of honouring those who perform such deeds;

    WE do by these Presents, for Us, Our Heirs and Successors institute and create a new Medal.

    Firstly: It is ordained that the Medal shall be designated and styled The Queen's Gallantry Medal.

    Secondly: It is ordained that the Medal shall be circular in form and in silver, that it shall bear on the obverse the Crowned Effigy of the Sovereign, and on the reverse a design of laurel leaves and the words THE QUEEN'S GALLANTRY MEDAL surmounted by the Crown.

    Thirdly: It is ordained that the persons eligible for the Medal shall be:

    • (i) Our faithful subjects and persons under Our protection in civil life, of Our United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of Our Dependent Territories and Associated States, or Territories under Our Jurisdiction jointly with another power, or under Our Suzerainty or Protection;

    • (ii) Persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Our United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of Our Dependent Territories and Associated States, or Territories under Our Jurisdiction jointly with another power, or under Our Suzerainty or Protection, and including also the military Nursing Services and the Women's Auxiliary Services;

    • (iii) Our faithful subjects and persons under Our protection in civil life, within, and members of the Naval, Military or Air Forces belonging to, any Member country of the Commonwealth, other than Our United Kingdom, the Government whereof has signified its desire that the Medal should be awarded under the provisions of this Our Warrant, and any Territory being administered by Us in such Government. The Medal is intended primarily for civilians and award in Our military services is to be confined to actions for which purely military Honours are not normally granted.

    Fourthly: It is ordained that awards shall be made only on a recommendation to Us, for civilians by Our Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, and for members of Our Naval, Military or Air Forces, only on a recommendation by the Secretary of State for Defence, or, in the case of any Member of the Commonwealth, other than Our United Kingdom, the Government whereof shall so desire, by the appropriate Minister of State for the said Commonwealth country.

    Fifthly: It is ordained that this Medal shall be awarded only for exemplary acts of bravery.

    Sixthly: It is ordained that foreign persons and citizens of countries within the Commonwealth of which We are not Queen shall be eligible for the award of the Medal and that awards to such persons not included under the Third Clause of this Our warrant shall be made only on a recommendation to Us for civilians by Our Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and for Officers and members of foreign military Forces, by Our Secretary of State for Defence.

    Seventhly: It is ordained that the Medal shall be worn by recipients on the left breast suspended from a ribbon, one-and-a-quarter inches in width, of dark blue with a central vertical stripe of pearl grey bearing a narrow stripe of rose pink at the centre, and that it shall be worn immediately after the Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry. Provided that when the Medal is worn by a woman, it may be worn on the left shoulder, suspended from a ribbon of the same width and colour, fashioned into a bow.

    Eighthly: It is ordained that the award of the Medal shall entitle the recipient, on all occasions when the use of such letters is customary, to have placed after his or her name the letters QGM.

    Ninthly: It is ordained that an action which is worthy of recognition by the award of the Medal, but is performed by one upon whom the Medal has been conferred, may be recorded by the award of a Bar to be attached to the ribbon by which the Medal is suspended, and that for each such additional award an additional Bar shall be added, and that for each Bar awarded a silver rosette shall be added to the ribbon when worn alone.

    Tenthly: It is ordained that the names of all those upon whom We may be pleased to confer or present the Medal, or a Bar to the Medal, shall be published in the London Gazette, and that a Register of such names shall be kept in Our Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood.

    Eleventhly: It is ordained that reproductions of the Medal, known as a Miniature Medal, which may be worn on certain occasions by those to whom the Medal is awarded, shall be half the size of The Queen's Gallantry Medal.

    Twelfthly: 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 or through Our Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury or Our Secretary of State for Defence or, in the case of any Member of the Commonwealth, other than Our United Kingdom, the Government whereof shall so desire, by the appropriate Minister of State for the said Commonwealth country, to cancel and annul the award to any person of The Queen's Gallantry Medal 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 Decoration so forfeited when such recommendation has been withdrawn.

    Lastly: We reserve to Ourself, Our Heirs and Successors, full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting, or dispensing with these rules and ordinances, or any part thereof, by a notification under Our Sign Manual.

Contents


Issued under the authority of the Regulations Act 1936.

Date of notification in Gazette: 17 October 1974.