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:
Whereas by a Warrant dated the twenty-fourth day of September, one thousand nine hundred and forty, (Gazette, 3 July 1941, p 2074) Our Royal Father, His late Majesty King George the Sixth did institute and create a Decoration known as
“The George Medal”.
And whereas Our Royal Father did by Warrant dated the seventeenth day of October, one thousand nine hundred and forty-two (Gazette, 6 May 1943, p 507) make certain alterations to the said rules and ordinances; and whereas We, by a Warrant under Our Royal Sign Manual dated the ninth day of April, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-four, did make such further alterations as We deemed necessary:
And whereas We deem it expedient that certain alterations should be made in the existing Warrant.
Now, Therefore, We do hereby declare that the rules and ordinances contained in the said Warrants shall be abrogated, cancelled and annulled, and We, by these Presents for Us, our Heirs and Successors, are graciously pleased to make, ordain and establish the following rules and ordinances in substitution for the same, which shall from henceforth be inviolably observed and kept:
First: It is ordained that the Medal shall be designated and styled
“The George 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 representation of St George slaying the Dragon on the coast of England, the design being circumscribed by the words
“The George Medal”.
Thirdly: It is ordained that the persons eligible for the Medal shall be:
(1)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;
(2)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;
(3)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 acts of great bravery and that the Medal may be awarded posthumously.
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 red, with five equidistant narrow vertical stripes of blue, and that it shall be worn immediately after the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal. 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 names the letters
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 the 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 George 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 George 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.