The Military Medal (MM)
was (until 1993) a military decoration
awarded to personnel of the British Army
and other services
, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth
countries, below commissioned
rank, for bravery in battle on land.
The medal was established on 25 March 1916. It was the other ranks
' equivalent to the Military Cross
(MC), which was awarded to commissioned officers and rarely to Warrant Officers
, although WOs could also be awarded the MM. The MM ranked below the MC and the Distinguished Conduct Medal
, which was also awarded to non-commissioned members of the Army, in order of precedence. Recipients of the Military Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters
"MM". In 1993, the Military Medal was discontinued, and since then the Military Cross has been awarded to personnel of all ranks.
- A circular silver medal of 36 mm diameter. The obverse bears the effigy of the reigning monarch.
- The reverse has the inscription "FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD" in four lines, surrounded by a laurel wreath, surmounted by the Royal Cypher and Imperial Crown
- The suspender is of an ornate scroll type.
- The ribbon is dark blue, 1.25 inches wide, with five equal centre stripes of white, red, white, red, and white (0.125 inches each).
- Silver, laurelled bars are authorised for subsequent awards.
Notable recipients of the Military Medal
There have been over 135,000 people awarded the Military Medal. Among the notable recipients... Read More