|List of Fleet
Air Arm Honours and Awards 1939-1945
TERMSThe cross was awarded for an act of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. It was intended primarily for civilians and award in the military services was confined to actions for which purely military honours were not normally granted and awarded for actions not in the face of the enemy.
The Empire Gallantry awards were exchanged for the George Cross, and in 1971, Albert Medal winners exchanged their medals for the George Cross.
BARA bar was to be awarded for additional acts of gallantry; none were ever issued.
NAMINGThe name, rank and service (serial number for those not commissioned) and the date of notification in the London Gazette are shown on the reverse of the cross.
RIBBONThe garter blue ribbon is 1.5 inches wide. A miniature cross is worn on the ribbon in undress. Women may wear their cross from a bow.
DATEThe George Cross was created on 24 September 1940 and published in the London Gazette on 31 January 1941.
For further information about the GEORGE CROSS Please write or call: Victoria Cross & George Cross Association, Room 04, Archway Block South, Old Admiralty Building, Whitehall, London SW1, UK. Tel +44 0171 930 3506
For information on Fleet Air Arm campaign medal rolls and individual awards contact the relevant Armed Services Medal Offices.
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