The Military Medal (MM) was (until 1993) a
military decoration awarded to personnel of the
British Army and other services, and formerly also
to personnel of other Commonwealth countries,
below commissioned rank, for bravery in battle on
The medal was established on 25 March 1916. It
was the other ranks' equivalent to the Military Cross (MC), which was awarded to
commissioned officers and, rarely, to warrant officers, although WOs
could also be awarded the MM. The MM ranked below the
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), which was also awarded to
non-commissioned members of the Army.
Recipients of the Military Medal are entitled to use the post-
nominal letters "MM".
In 1993 the Military Medal was discontinued. Since then the Military
Cross has been awarded to personnel of all ranks. The Distinguished
Conduct Medal was the second highest honour for non commissioned
military personnel. The medal was instituted in 1854, during
the Crimean War, to recognise gallantry within the other
Awards of the DCM were announced in the London
Gazette as were those for the Military Medal and
mentioned in Despatches.
Medals & Awards