New British Military Medal Named for Queen Elizabeth

  July 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm by

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For the first time since the George Cross in 1940, a new medal of honor for fallen British military men and women will be named for a reigning monarch. The Elizabeth Cross, named for HM The Queen, will be awarded to the families of British military men and women killed in active duty from World War II to the present. Those killed in terrorist attacks will also be eligible for the medal.

Military personnel killed in action in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Afghanistan, and Iraq will be among those eligible to receive the Elizabeth Cross. The Associated Press reports, however, that the next-of-kin of those killed before the new millenium will have to apply for the honor, while families of those killed within the decade will be notified by the Ministry of Defence that their loved ones will receive the Cross.

The silver cross is decorated with the initials “EIIR,” for Queen Elizabeth II, and with a rose, a daffodil, a thistle, and a shamrock, the national flowers representing England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

The news of the new military medal comes on the day that Lt. Col. Rupert Thorneloe, the highest-ranking member of the British military to be killed in action since the Falklands War, died after the vehicle in which he was traveling was exploded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

For more on The Queen’s current events, please visit this thread.

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6 Responses to New British Military Medal Named for Queen Elizabeth

  1. George Spuffard says:

    I have been informed that my mother would be entitled to this medal for her husband who was killed in the Korean War. His name was George Spuffard and was in the Gloucester Regiment.

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  3. mrs carole smith says:

    i would like to apply for the award on behalf of my brother who was killed in northern ireland on active service private philip victor drake royal anglian regiment it was august bank holiday monday 1974 when he died

  4. mrs.jacqueline glasgow says:

    i would like to apply for the award on behalf of my father john henry scott he was killed in northern ireland he was a member of the rucr when he was ambushed and killed while doing his daily work on the 22nd june 1979 in co. tyrone.

  5. Carol Toombs says:

    I just wanted to comment on the above from George Spuffard, 18th September, 2009 , I think this is something I wrote,he was my father.
    I don’t know why you have written this comment from George Spuffard, he died in the Korean War.

  6. Carol Toombs says:

    Is there any way I can trace where my fathers grave is in Korea. I am thinking about visiting there in April and would like to know a grave number or something to look for.

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