Armed Forces: Medals

House of Lords written question – answered on 19 July 2011.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many George Crosses have been awarded since its inception.

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The George Cross was initiated by Royal Warrant on 24 September 1940 by King George VI. In total, 161 George Crosses have been awarded directly, including the two collective awards to Malta and the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

In addition, 245 holders of earlier gallantry awards (Empire Gallantry Medal, Albert Medal and Edward Medal) have exchanged their awards for the George Cross.

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