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Military Medal.  A circular, silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter.

Military Medal (MM)


Orders and Decorations

Military Medal (MM)


The medal was instituted on 25 March 1916.

Eligibility and criteria

The medal is awarded to Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and non-commissioned members for individual or associated acts of bravery on the recommendation of a Commander-in-Chief in the field.


A circular, silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter. For mounting, an ornate scroll suspender is attached to the medal with a single-toe claw.

Medal obverse:

King George V: A bareheaded effigy, in Field Marshal's uniform, facing left, and the legend: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:

King George VI: A crowned effigy, facing left, and one of two legends:

  1. GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: (for Second World War)
  2. GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: (for the Korean War)

Queen Elizabeth II: A crowned effigy, facing right, and the legend: ELIZABETH II D: G: BR: OMN: REGINA R: D: (for the Korea War)

The reverse shows FOR/BRAVERY/IN THE/FIELD in four lines, encircled by a laurel wreath and surmounted by the Royal Cypher and Imperial Crown.

A dark blue ribbon, 1.25 inches wide, with five equal centre stripes of white, red, white, red, and white.


The silver, laurelled bar is awarded for a subsequent act or acts of bravery and devotion under fire.

Historical notes

  • The regimental or equivalent number, rank, initials, surname and unit of the recipient appear in plain block capitals around the edge of the medal.
  • Canadians have received 13, 654 medals, including 848 first bars and 38 second bars.
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