Other New Zealand Medals and Awards - The New Zealand Memorial Cross
About the New Zealand Memorial Cross
The New Zealand Memorial Cross is awarded to the next of kin of all New Zealand servicemen and women who were killed while on war service or operational service overseas, or who subsequently died of wounds received while on war service or operational service overseas, since the commencement of the Second World War.
Two versions of the New Zealand Memorial Cross have been struck: one during the reign of King George VI, and one during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The King George VI cross is worn from a thin purple coloured ribbon suspended around the neck, while the Queen Elizabeth II cross is worn as a brooch.
The King George VI New Zealand Memorial Cross has been awarded to the families of the more than 11,000 personnel who died while serving in the New Zealand Armed Forces during the Second World War. The Queen Elizabeth II New Zealand Memorial Cross has been awarded to the families of the 136 New Zealand military personnel who have died while on operational service since 3 September 1945.
Up to two New Zealand Memorial Crosses are issued to the family of each individual.
For deaths during the Second World War the first cross was awarded in the late 1940s or the 1950s to the mother. If the mother was deceased the first cross was awarded to the father, or if he was also deceased to the eldest sister, or the eldest brother if the military service person had no living sisters. A second cross was awarded to the widow, eldest daughter or eldest son (in that order of precedence). If the deceased military service person was not married and had no children only one Memorial Cross was issued.
Further information on Second World War medals and awards
For images and information on medals for service in the Second World War see the British Commonwealth War and Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders section of our website. Also see The New Zealand War Service Medal.
For information on gallantry, meritorious and distinguished service awards received by New Zealanders for Second World War service see the British Commonwealth Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards section of our website.
There is no Royal Warrant for the New Zealand Memorial Cross.
The original Regulations for this award were issued in 1947. The Regulations were amended in 1960.
Clasps and Bars
There are no clasps or bars associated with this award.
Order of Wear
This award is not included in the order of wear. This is because the King George VI cross is worn from a thin mauve coloured ribbon suspended around the neck, while the Queen Elizabeth II cross is worn as a brooch.
Media Statements about the New Zealand Memorial Cross
20 April 2012 - New Zealand Memorial Cross presentation (Lieutenant Tim O’Donnell DSD, RNZIR who died in Aghanistan in 2010).
2 April 2012 - Memorial Crosses presented to slain soldiers' families (Corporal Doug Grant, NZSAS and Lance Corporal Leon Smith, NZSAS who died in Aghanistan in 2011)