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Military Cross.  A plain silver cross, 1.75 inches across.

Military Cross (MC)


Orders and Decorations

Military Cross (MC)


The Military Cross (MC) was established on 28 December 1914.

Eligibility and criteria

The Military Cross can be awarded to Commissioned Officers of the substantive rank of Captain or below (therefore acting and temporary Majors are eligible) or Warrant Officers for distinguished and commendable services in battle. In 1920, the terms were altered to clearly state the award was for gallant and distinguished services in action and that naval and air force officers could be awarded the cross for gallant and distinguished services on the ground.


A plain silver cross, 1.75 inches in width. For mounting, the ring welded to the top of the cross is joined to the plain straight suspender ring by a small ring.

On the obverse, each arm of the cross is an Imperial Crown and in the centre of the cross is the Imperial and Royal Cypher of the reigning sovereign (GV, GVI, or EIIR).

The reverse is plain with the year of the award engraved on the lower arm.

A watered white ribbon, 1.375 inches wide, with a central purple stripe.

Historical notes

  • A total of 3,727 MCs have gone to Canadians, with 324 first bars and 18 second bars.
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