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Distinguished Conduct Medal Recipients

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  • Dudley Stagpoole, VC, DCM (c.1838 - 1911)
    Dudley Stagpoole VC DCM (1838 – 1 August 1911), born in Killunan, County Galway he was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the ...
  • Pvt. William George Vial, DCM (1898 - 1972)
    Served in WWI and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. 65162 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment For most conspicuous gallantry and initiative east of Le Quesnoy on 4th Nov...
  • Reginald Stanley Judson, VC, DCM, MM (1881 - 1972)
    Reginald Stanley Judson VC DCM MM (29 September 1881 – 26 August 1972) was a New Zealand recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to...
  • 2nd Lt. Sydney Stephen Pennefather, DCM, MC (1892 - 1982)
    10/1318, 2nd Lt., 3rd Battalion, Wellington Regiment CITATION Military Cross Gazetted 15 February 1919 For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Briastre on October 11th 1918. By pa...
  • Pvt. George James Nesbit, DCM (1892 - 1966)
    8/2790, Private, 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment CITATION Distinguished Conduct Medal Gazetted 3 June 1919 For marked gallantry during active operations from 1st October onwards, particularly o...

(Level 2 Gallantry Award)

Instituted on 4th December 1854.

The D.C.M. was the first official medal award to recognise an act of gallantry in the field by a member of the armed forces who was below the rank of officer. It was the other ranks' equivalent of the Distinguished Service Order.

The D.C.M. was awarded for gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy. Other ranks in the British Army and also non-commissioned ranks in Commonwealth Forces were eligible for this award.

The reverse of the medal bears the inscription “For Distinguished Conduct in the Field”. A bar carrying the date of a subsequent deed could be added to the ribbon until 1916 when the bar was changed to a laurel wreath. A recipient of the award is entitled to used the letters D.C.M. after their name.

The D.C.M. was discontinued as an award by the British Armed Forces in 1993, when the three awards of the D.S.O, the D.C.M. and the C.G.M. were replaced by the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross is now the second level gallantry award for all ranks of the British Armed Forces.


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