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The George Medal, along with the George Cross, was instituted by His Majesty King George VI on 24th September 1940. His desire, that the many acts of bravery being performed on home soil, in a type of warfare never experienced before, and primarily by civilians for whom military awards were inappropriate, was the driving force behind their creation.The medal has been awarded to civilians and military personnel over the past 75 years, all of whose names are contained within this register.Never before has a register of the George Medal been produced that presents the information behind the awards. It stands as a testament to the selfless acts performed by the men and women within its pages.
|Publication date:||24th September 2016|
|Publisher:||Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd|
|Categories:||Memorials & rolls of honour, Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours, Military history,|
Phil was born in Birmingham and grew up in a working-class environment typical of the area. His parents worked at the Austin, later British Leyland, and Cadburys, typical of so many families where he was raised. His lifelong interest in medals started at the age of nine with a rare trip out of the UK to Jersey where, with his father, he found a shop selling coins and medals. Phil was struck by the colours of three medal ribbons in the window, but they were 30 shillings and too expensive. On return home he visited the local library and began reading ...More About Philip McDermott