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George Medal

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The George Medal was instituted, together with the George Cross, on 24 September 1940. At that time there was a particular need to reward a great many people in all walks of life. However, it was the intention of the authorities that the George Cross should stand supreme and that its position as the 'civilian Victoria Cross' should not be undermined by the award of larger numbers. The result was that the George Medal, or GM, was introduced as a 'junior' to the George Cross.

Like the GC, the GM is not solely a civilian award, as many have been awarded to members of all branches of the armed forces, though for acts of gallantry not associated with enemy action.

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