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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
Wadeson, Roy Aylmer 00-05-1944
Waley, Sigismund David16-03-188704-01-1962
Walker, Arthur Francis Gregory 03-11-1944
Waller, James06-09-1911 more
Waller, Reginald Charles Bentley00-00-190720-06-1942
Waller, Robert Peel00-00-1895 
Walshe, Frederick George Weldon28-07-1913 
Warde, Ambrose Harry23-08-192130-07-2011
Wardle, Howard Douglas15-08-191500-01-1995
Warre, John Anthony04-12-1912 
Wasilewski, Jerzy  more
Wasilewski, Tomasz24-08-1922 
Watkins, Robert Talbot13-07-191315-03-1973
Watson, John Bernard Robert14-01-191713-03-2011
Watson, Sir, Daril Gerard17-10-188801-07-1967
Watson, William de Norban "Bucko"00-10-191906-02-1992
Watson, William Humphries  
Watts, Douglas Joseph  
Watts, Raymond Henry 14-07-1943
Waugh, Nicol Robert "Bob"22-07-1908 
Wavell, Archibald John Arthur00-00-191624-12-1953
Wavell, Archibald Percival, 1st Earl Wavell05-05-188324-05-1950more
Waylen, Francis Roy 10-07-1943
Webb, Gordon Geoffrey Henry00-04-192000-02-1991more
Webb, John Francis "Jack"05-02-191705-04-2009
Webb, John Martin  
Webb, Richard Henry Lumley25-11-190406-06-1979
Webber, John James "Jim"  
Webster, Bertram 00-00-1988more
Wedd, William Basil01-05-189006-11-1966more
Wedgbury, Ivor Jack 03-06-1944
Weir, Adrian John Anthony 28-02-1944
Welch, William Gordon  
Wells, Thomas Clinton  
Wemyss, Henry Colville Barclay26-04-189102-04-1959
West, James Rowland 13-04-1942
Wharton, Will B.30-01-192004-03-2012
Whatley, Reginald Thomas  
White, George Frederick00-00-185218-12-1943
White, Kenneth John09-03-1913 
Whitehead, David Adie "Torpy"30-09-189623-10-1992more
Whiteley, William John  
Whiteside, William Garrison11-12-1912 
Whitney-Straight, Wellard06-11-191205-04-1979
Whittaker, James Edward  
Whitwill, Mark  
Wilcox, John Holland25-09-191800-11-1999more
Wildish, Victor Oswald Frederick31-05-191601-11-1995
Wiles, John Walter29-04-191619-05-2005
Wilford, Gerald Henry  
Wilkins, Gilbert McCartney  
Wilkinson, William Alexander Camac08-12-189219-12-1983
Willey, Courtney Beresford Ingor  
Williams, Eric Ernest13-07-191124-12-1983
Willink, Henry Urmston, 1st Baronet07-03-189420-07-1973
Wilmot, Laurence Frank27-04-190717-12-2003
Wilson, Bernard Alexander  
Wilson, Roy Wilfred16-09-191312-03-2001
Winchester, John Chisholm 08-04-1942
Windham-Wright, Patrick Joseph Stewart  
Windsor, Edward VIII Edward Albert Christian13-06-189428-05-1972more
Windsor-Lewis, James Charles00-00-190727-10-1964more
Wingate, John Sydney 25-01-1944
Winnick, Tadeusz00-00-1918 
Wirth, Ludwig Adriaan Jan06-02-1912 
Wiseman, John "Johny"27-01-191623-08-2005
Withers, Leonard  
Witko, Marian Stanislaw02-01-191100-08-1968more
Woerther, Albert18-02-192012-05-1971
Wood, Norman Peter  
Woodhouse, John Michael "Jock"29-09-192215-02-2008
Woods, Harold Frank Kenneth 11-08-1944
Woods, James Gerard 24-12-1944
Woodward, James Crawford  
Woolley, Geoffrey Harold14-05-189210-12-1968
Wormald, William  
Worms, Jean Eugène01-02-190929-03-1945
Wright, Chester M.  
Wright, David  
Wright, Geoffrey Kenneth  
Wyatt, Leslie Ernest  
Wyrwalski, Karol Franciszek  

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