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Military Cross (MC)

The Military Cross was instituted on December 31st, 1914 as a recognition of distinguished and meritorious service in battle in situations not sufficient to merit the Victoria Cross. The Military Cross can be awarded to commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Captain or below or Warrant Officers. In 1920, the terms were altered to clearly state the award was for gallant and distinguished services in action and that RAF officers could be awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services on the ground as opposed to flying. On performing a second or subsequent action, the recipient will be awarded a bar to the Military Cross to be worn on the ribbon.

On each arm of the silver-coloured Military Cross is an Imperial Crown and in the centre of the award is the ‘Imperial’ and ‘Royal Cypher’ of the reigning sovereign, GV, GVI or EIIR. The reverse of the award is plain with the year of the award engraved on the lower arm. The white ribbon is 1.375 inches wide with a central vertical purple stripe (0.5 inches wide). The bar is made of silver with a crown in the centre.

During the Second World War, so far as known up till now, a total of 10.776 MC's were awarded to British and Commonwealth military. Among these are 10.271 first awardings, 485 first bars and 20 second bars. It is unknown how many were awarded to foreign military, but until now more then 2.000 are known.
A total of 3,727 Military Crosses have been awarded to Canadians, with 324 first bars and 18 second bars.

Alexander, Harold Rupert Leofric George "Alex"* December 10th, 1891
† June 16th, 1969

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
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Lake, Peter Ivan "Basil"30-01-191500-06-2009
Lambert, Herbert Owen Meredith26-06-191226-00-0000
Lambert, Ronald Streeter  
Lane, Charles Malet18-07-189900-00-1970
Langhorne, Algernon Philip York18-07-188228-11-1945
Langly-Smith, Alec Frederick Collingwood04-06-191225-01-1983
Laphai Khun Nawng  
Laphai Zau June13-05-1917 
Lapraik, John Neilson "Ian"13-09-191515-03-1985more
Larcher, John George Louis  
Lassen, Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau22-09-192008-04-1945more
Lassota, Henryk00-00-1910 
Latham, John Macduff09-08-188910-12-1965more
Lattre de Tassigny, de, Jean Joseph Marie Gabriel02-02-188911-01-1952more
Lawrence, Thompson Brook "Tommy"00-04-1879 more
Lawson, George Maxwell24-02-189400-00-1965
Lawson, John Charles Arthur Digby  
Laycock, John Ernest  
Laycock, Peter  
Lea, Frederick John  
Leadbeater, Worrall Reginald23-08-191325-08-1992
Leaney, Gordon Leslie04-12-191821-11-1942
Leather, Frederick Brian  
Leggatt, William Watt23-12-189427-11-1968
Legrand, Michel13-06-191829-05-1955more
Leith, John Wannen Tait  
Leith-MacGregor, Robert23-08-191714-11-2008more
Lempicki, Adam11-08-190726-01-1991
Lepercq, Aimé02-09-188909-11-1944more
Leslie, Clement David Charles Kenneth00-00-189900-06-1993more
Leslie, James Travers  
Levett, Jesse  
Lewinski, Jozef11-03-190607-05-1944
Lewis, Harold Victor09-09-188700-00-1945more
Lewis, Richard Maurice Hull30-07-189716-10-1972
Liebich, Andrzej  
Liedekerke, de, Comte, Philippe "Claudius"17-02-191520-02-1997
Limbu, Kharka Bahadur 26-04-1961
Limbu, Tekbir  
Lindsay-Peto, Timothy Clement 24-04-1945
Lipmann-Kessel, Alexander19-12-191405-06-1986
Lister, Hugh Evelyn Jackson15-05-190109-09-1944
Lithgow, James, 1st Baronet27-01-188323-02-1952
Little, William Dalton "Bill"  
Livingstone, James Stuart  
Livio, Louis Angelo  
Llewellin, John Jestyn, 1st Baron Llewellin06-02-189324-01-1957
Lloyd, John Edward13-04-189424-12-1965more
Lockey, Norman  
Lockhart, Leslie Keith "Rob"00-00-189700-00-1966more
Loder-Symonds, Rovert Guy01-03-191311-11-1945more
Lofi, Alexandre21-02-191707-03-1992
Lomax, Cyril Ernest Napier00-00-189300-00-1973more
Long, Guy Frederick Downes  more
Longe, Desmond Evelyn08-08-1914 
Lonsdale, Richard Thomas Henry "Dickie"27-12-191323-11-1988
Looney, James Proddow27-11-191426-03-1998more
Losco, Andrew Anthony Vincent 05-04-1945
Loyd, Henry Charles "Budget Loyd"12-02-189111-11-1973more
Lucas, Jocelyn Morton, 4th Baronet27-08-188902-05-1980
Ludwigsen, Asbjorn  
Ludwikowski, Tadeusz12-09-191627-02-2008
Luker, Robert Isaac  
Lynn-Allen, Esmond Harcourt  
Lyttelton, Oliver, 1st Viscount Chandos15-03-189321-01-1972