The George Cross, the highest civilian decoration, is awarded for ‘acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger’, and all the recipients of this exceptional honour are recorded here. As a complete chronological record of George Crosses awarded in Britain and around the world, this book is an essential work of reference for anyone who is interested in the history of the medal and in the acts of bravery and self-sacrifice it commemorates.
The first direct awards of the George Cross were made during the Second World War when Britain was threatened with invasion and civilians were in the front line of the fighting, and it has been awarded to individuals who have distinguished
themselves in equally perilous situations ever since. Their extraordinary exploits, as recounted in this book, make unforgettable reading.
Each entry gives the name of the George Cross holder and the date and location of the incident for which the medal was awarded. There is a graphic description of what happened and of the medal-recipient’s conduct. Information is also provided on the background of the George Cross recipients, the location of their medals and their place of burial.
This remarkable reference book should appeal to anyone who is interested in the history of British medals, and in acts of heroism.
In the sticky heat of an October day, I found myself in the Commonwealth cemetery in Stanley on Hong Kong Island. There is much to see. If you’re a regular pilgrim on the battlefield... [read full review]War History Online
Highly RecommendedThe Shields Gazette
Usually the reason why someone performs the act for which they are awarded gallantry medal is obvious – to save a life or prevent a disaster – but how there individual could bring themselves to... [read full review]Britain at War Magazine
The few words I have available to me here are not nearly enough to do gull justice to the brave holders of the George Cross, Britain’s highest civilian award for bravery, that are recorded in... [read full review]Military Machines International
Turning the pages one fine some extraordinary stories as the young constable in Khartoum in 1931 who strangled a rabid dog which has just attacked a man.The Bulletin
For an anthology of acts of bravery, it would be difficult to fine and better than The Complete George Cross by Kevin Brazier, who has already completed a study on recipients of the Victoria Cross.... [read full review]Dover Express
I have no hesitation in recommending this as an essential purchase for any reader interested in the George Cross in particular and of medals and gallantry awards in general.The Society of Friends of the National Army Museum
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