George Cross GC Medal Full Size.
Branch of Service: Civilians and members of the armed forces.
This is the highest civilian decoration. It is also awarded to military personnel for gallant conduct not in the face of the enemy and for which a military honour would not be awarded.
Instituted: 24 September 1940.
Ribbon: 38mm dark blue (originally 32mm). A silver miniature cross emblem is worn on the ribbon alone.
Original Metal: Silver.
Size: Height 48mm; max. width 45mm.
Description: A plain bordered cross with a circular medallion in the centre depicting the effigy of St George and the Dragon after Benedetto Pistrucci, surrounded by the words FOR GALLANTRY. In the angle of each limb is the Royal cypher GVI. The plain reverse bears in the centre the name of the recipient and date of the award. In the case of exchange awards, the date of the deed is given. The Cross hangs by a ring from a bar adorned with laurel leaves.