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Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct

Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Insignia civil (left) and Military (right)
Awarded by United Kingdom and Commonwealth
Type Medal
Eligibility All
Awarded for Gallantry entailing risk to life and meriting national recognition
Status Not issued since 1994
Established 1939
Next (higher) Queen's Gallantry Medal
Equivalent Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air

Instituted in 1939 by King George VI as the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct, the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct acknowledged brave acts by civilians and members of the military in non-warlike circumstances during a time of war or in peacetime where the action would not otherwise be recognised by an existing award. In 1954 it became the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct. The award was replaced in 1994 by the Queen's Commendation for Bravery

There is no entitlement to post-nominals.


  • There is no ribbon, but the award was evidenced by a certificate and at first by a gold and red coloured badge bearing the design of a sword in a wreath, surmounted by a crown.
  • The badge was replaced at a later stage by another badge - in the form a silver laurel leaf for civilians and a bronze oak leaf for the military equivalent, the Mention in Despatches - the leaves being attached to the ribbon of the War Medal or Defence Medal if held by the recipient, or appropriate campaign medal in other circumstances.


  • UK Honours
  • Australian Honours

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