Distinguished Conduct Medal

Distinguished Conduct Medal

The need for a gallantry medal for other ranks was first recognised during the Crimean War, although previously the Meritorious Service Medal had very occasionally been awarded for gallantry in the field. Since 1916 it has ranked as a superior decoration to the Military Medal.

As a result of the 1993 Review of gallantry awards and resultant changes to the operational gallantry award system, the decoration has been replaced by the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.