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George Cross
George Cross.jpg
Obverse of the cross. Ribbon: 38 mm, dark blue.
Awarded by Commonwealth Realms
Type Civil decoration.
Eligibility Commonwealth subjects.
Awarded for "... acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger."
Status Currently awarded.
Post-nominals GC
Statistics
Established 24 September 1940
Total awarded 161 (including 2 collective awards)
Posthumous
awards
86
Distinct
recipients
161 (including 2 collective awards)
Precedence
Next (higher) None
Equivalent Victoria Cross
Next (lower) George Medal
UK George Cross ribbon.svg
GC ribbon bar

The George Cross (GC) is the highest civil decoration of the United Kingdom, and many other countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. The GC is the civilian counterpart of the Victoria Cross (VC). It is the highest gallantry award for civilians. Also, it may be awarded to military personnel in actions not in the face of the enemy or for which purely military honours would not normally be granted.

Living holders of the George Cross

The list of living holders of the George Cross is small.

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  • John Bamford, GC
  • James Beaton, GC, CVO
  • Arthur Butson, GC
  • Matt Croucher, GC
  • Christopher Finney, GC
  • Henry Flintoff, GC
  • Anthony Gledhill, GC
  • John Gregson, GC
  • Kim Hughes, GC
  • Barry Johnson, GC
  • Derek Kinne, GC
  • Alfred Lowe, GC
  • Peter Norton, GC
  • Michael Pratt, GC
  • Margaret Purves, GC
  • Awang Anak Raweng, GC
  • Samuel Shephard, GC
  • Henry Stevens, GC
  • Carl Walker, GC
  • Ernie Wooding, GC

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