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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
Labrosse, Raymond Joseph20-11-192006-08-1988 
Lake, Peter Ivan "Basil"30-01-191500-06-2009 
Lambert, Herbert Owen Meredith26-06-191226-00-0000 
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   
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 
Leith, John Wannen Tait   
Leith-MacGregor, Robert23-08-191714-11-2008more 
Lempicki, Adam11-08-190726-01-1991 
Leslie, Clement David Charles Kenneth00-00-189900-06-1993more 
Levett, Jesse   
Lewinski, Jozef11-03-190607-05-1944 
Lewis, Harold Victor09-09-188700-00-1945more 
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 
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 
Ludwigsen, Asbjorn   
Ludwikowski, Tadeusz12-09-191627-02-2008 
Luker, Robert Isaac   
Lynn-Allen, Esmond Harcourt   
Lyttelton, Oliver, 1st Viscount Chandos15-03-189321-01-1972