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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
Paget, Bernard Charles Tolver15-09-188716-02-1961more
Palstra, William08-10-189105-10-1930
Panter, Stanley Charles  
Parbury, Paul 14-07-1943
Parker, Alexander Allan Hazlett  
Parry, Allen James Maule00-00-191620-01-1992
Parsons, George Alexander 09-10-1944
Pathania, Anant Singh00-00-191319-12-2007
Patterson, Ian Norman 21-12-1944
Patterson, John Aubry  
Patton, George03-06-191412-01-1999
Patton, George Lloyd02-12-191612-12-2006
Paxton, George Archibald Mackay 14-12-1945
Peacock, Edgar Henry William11-02-189800-03-1955
Pearce, Lawrence Ormsby  
Pearkes, George Randolph28-02-188830-05-1984more
Pearson, Alastair Stevenson "Jock"01-06-191526-03-1996
Pearson, Hubert Ellis 19-09-1944
Peck, Aubrey Charles  
Peile, George Howard  
Peniakoff, Vladimir "Popski"30-03-189715-05-1951
Penney, William Ronald Campbell "Ronny"16-05-189603-12-1964more
Pentland, Alexander Augustus Norman Dudley "Jerry"05-08-189403-11-1983more
Peppiatt, (since:1941; Sir) Kennet  
Peppiette, Paul Charles00-00-191206-03-1945
Percival, Arthur Ernest26-12-188731-01-1966more
Perrin-Brown, Christopher14-10-191703-03-1995
Pettit, Edward Ronald26-09-190904-08-1944
Phillimore, Stephen Henry14-12-188116-04-1956
Phillips, Edward19-12-188914-05-1973more
Phillips, Herbert Francis Humphrey  
Philpot, Oliver Lawrence Spurling06-03-191306-05-1993
Pike, David Ivor  
Pinder, Harold Senhouse21-04-188920-12-1974more
Pine-Coffin, Richard Geoffrey "Wooden Box"02-12-190828-02-1974more
Pleasance, Llewellyn Livingstone 05-01-1994
Polette, Lloyd L., Jr.08-02-191622-01-1945more
Polkowski, Jozef  
Pollard, Gordon G. 12-08-1964more
Pollitt, Charles Jordan Bellingham 00-00-1976
Ponsonby, Ashley Charles, 2nd Baronet of Wootton21-02-192115-06-2010
Poole, Norman Harry09-04-192026-06-2015
Pope, Sidney Leo Gregory27-03-189805-11-1980
Pope, Vyvyan Vavasour30-09-189105-10-1941more
Popiel, Ludwik00-00-191119-05-1991
Portal, Charles Frederick Algernon "Peter"21-05-189322-04-1971more
Potts, Arnold William00-09-189601-01-1968more
Potvin, Pierre-Ferdinand  
Powdrill, Ernest Arthur "Pedro"  
Powell, Geoffrey Stewart  
Powell, John Wilson "Jake"  
Pownall, Henry Royds19-11-188710-06-1961more
Prasad, Kamta  
Price-Davies, Charles Stafford00-00-189219-02-1959
Primrose, Albert Edward H., 6th Earl of Rosebery08-01-188231-05-1974
Pritchard, William Henry 28-03-1942
Puech-Samson, Pierre Gustave Robert28-12-191519-01-2000more
Pullinger, Carlos Rene 12-07-1943
Pun, Damarsing  more
Purchase-Rathbone, William Harry  
Purdon, Corran William Brooke04-05-192127-06-2018more
Pyper, Donald Gardner00-02-192000-04-1989