Background: The Queen’s Gallantry Medal was introduced in June 1974 as an award to civilians for “acts of exemplary bravery” at a level below that of the George Medal. The QGM may also awarded to military personnel for acts for which military honours would not normally be granted, such as acts of exemplary bravery not in the presence of the enemy. The QGM replaced the Order of the British Empire and the British Empire Medal when awarded for Gallantry. The award was available posthumously from 1977. Over 1,000 awards of the QGM have been made since its introduction in 1974.
Design: The medal is silver and circular in shape being 36 mm in diameter. The obverse of the medal shows the crowned effigy of the monarch. The reverse shown here bears the image of St Edward’s Crown above the words ‘THE QUEEN’S GALLANTRY MEDAL’ in four lines, flanked by laurel sprigs. The ribbon is of three equal vertical stripes of garter blue, pearl grey and garter blue with a narrow rose pink stripe in the centre.
Bars: A silver bar, ornamented with laurel leaves, will be issued to holders of the QGM who perform a further act of such bravery which would have merited award of the QGM. When the ribbon alone is worn, a silver rosette worn centrally on the ribbon denotes an award of a Bar. There have been 19 double awards of the QGM, the last awards of Bars were made in 2008 to Captain Heakin QGM and Captain Strafford QGM for actions in Iraq.