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British Commonwealth Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards - The Royal Red Cross - Member and Associate

The Royal Red Cross (1st Class or Member)

The Royal Red Cross (1st Class or Member) obverse view

The Royal Red Cross (2nd Class or Associate)

The Royal Red Cross (2nd Class or Associate) obverse view

About this medal

This award, instituted in 1883, has two classes. Recipients of the first class are known as ‘Members' and the second class as ‘Associates'. Until 1976 these awards were confined to women.

Royal Warrant

Many of these Decorations and Awards are very old and the Royal Warrants which instituted them have been subject to significant amendment during their currency. More information on the Royal Warrant and criteria for the British Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards can be found in the publications listed in the Bibliography . A publication titled ‘British Gallantry Awards' by P.E. Abbott and J.M.E. Tamplin is particularly recommended.

Medal Regulations

Most Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards do not have separate Regulations. Instructions for their administration are usually included in the Royal Warrant.

Clasps and Bars

Bars are awarded in both classes. An Associate (2nd Class) receiving a Bar is automatically promoted to Member (1st Class).

Order of Wear

The Order of Wear Table can be viewed here.