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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
Rabino, Francis Aloysius  
Radcliffe, Derwent George St. John  
Radley, Hugh Poynton14-11-189127-08-1943
Rafferty, Brian Dominc01-09-191929-03-1945
Rai, Kharak Bahadur  
Rait, Cecil Malcolm  
Ram, Thandi  
Ramsbotham, Herwald, 1st Viscount Soulbury06-03-188730-01-1971
Ramsden, Hesketh Adair14-11-189823-04-1940
Ramsey, Bryce B.  
Rawlins, Stuart Blundell18-08-189702-04-1955more
Rawlinson, Eric Wilfred  
Rawstorne, George Streynsham22-01-189515-07-1962more
Read, Eric Estberg00-00-189500-00-1979
Read, Simon Holcombe Jervis  
Redziejowski, Jerzy00-00-1911 
Rees, Lionel Wilmot Brabazon31-07-188428-09-1955more
Reid, Edward James 06-10-1944
Reid, Hugh Murray21-03-190400-00-1964
Reid, Patrick Robert13-11-191022-05-1990
Reilly, Thomas29-07-190614-12-2003more
Reinhold, Gordon George17-09-191714-10-2011
Relhan, Harold Clairmonte  
Revault d'Allonnes, Jean-Gabriel13-08-191428-05-1994more
Reynolds, Bernard Talbot 31-10-1940
Reynolds, Jack 22-08-2019more
Rhodes, Kenneth  
Riccomini, James Arthur04-07-191727-03-1945
Richards, George Owen21-04-192127-05-2009
Ridler, Derek Hughes01-09-191600-09-2002
Ringer, Joseph Francis  
Ritchie, Neil Methuen28-07-189711-12-1983more
Rivière, Albert24-04-189128-06-1953
Roberts, David Alwyn  
Roberts, George Philip Bradley "Pip"05-11-190605-11-1997more
Roberts, Horace George Victor08-05-188702-02-1945
Roberts, Orval Lealand  
Robertson, Osborne Alexander "Robbie"  
Robertson, William Albert 26-03-1942
Robinson, Charles William  
Robinson, William  
Robitaille, Guy02-10-1920 
Robitaille, Joseph Philippe Guy02-10-192021-06-2014more
Roderick, John Morgan  
Rogers, John Gordon 30-05-1940
Rollo, Norman Chetwynd 15-09-1944
Rooke, David Bedford14-12-1915 
Roos, de, Willem Leonard01-09-190609-06-1986
Rose, Thomas Douglas00-00-191928-09-1944
Rose, William David  
Rosenthal, Jean05-09-190602-08-1993more
Ross, Alexander Murdock  
Roudledge, John 21-07-1943
Roumiantzoff, Nicolas09-05-190615-04-1988more
Rowell, Peter Jim Ernest08-02-1916 
Rowley, Peter12-07-191800-09-2002
Rudd, Brian Randall 07-08-1944
Rudniak, Marcin  
Russell, Robert Douglas  
Russell, Robert Ernest02-01-191600-00-2002
Rutherford, John  
Ruxton, Anthony Fane 14-07-1943
Ryan, Charles Edmund10-08-189010-08-1981
Rycroft, Francis Arthur 04-02-1944more