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George Cross
George Cross.jpg
Obverse of the cross. Ribbon: 38 mm, dark blue.
Awarded by Commonwealth Realms
Type Civil decoration.
Eligibility Commonwealth subjects.
Awarded for "... acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger."
Status Currently awarded.
Post-nominals GC
Established 24 September 1940
Total awarded 161 (including 2 collective awards)
161 (including 2 collective awards)
Next (higher) None
Equivalent Victoria Cross
Next (lower) George Medal
UK George Cross ribbon.svg
GC ribbon bar

The George Cross (GC) is the highest civil decoration of the United Kingdom, and many other countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.[1] The GC is the civilian counterpart of the Victoria Cross (VC). It is the highest gallantry award for civilians. Also, it may be awarded to military personnel in actions not in the face of the enemy or for which purely military honours would not normally be granted.[2]

Living holders of the George Cross

The list of living holders of the George Cross is small.[3]

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  1. Although certain Commonwealth Realms have now instituted their own indigenous honours systems, replacing the GC and other Commonwealth awards so far as their citizens are concerned.
  2. Mackay J. & Mussell P. 2005, The Medal Yearbook 2006. Token Publishing Devon.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 "27th Reunion of Victoria Cross and George Cross holders" at; Hardman, Robert. "The heroes given a front-row seat at the royal party," Daily Mail (UK). May 30, 2012: excerpt, "... all 28 living holders of the Victoria Cross or the George Cross ...."
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