Military honours for serving in Afghanistan and Iraq

Here is a list of all those who received medals for service in Afghanistan and Iraq for the period 1 April to 30 September 2009. They include two awarded posthumously to Staff Sgt Olaf Schmid and Capt Daniel Shepherd. Their names are marked with an asterisk. Names in blue link to BBC stories about the individuals.

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George Cross

Awarded for acts of bravery of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. Holders may use the letters 'GC' after their names.

Name Rank Unit
Kim Spencer HUGHESStaff SergeantThe Royal Logistic Corps
Olaf Sean George SCHMID*Staff SergeantThe Royal Logistic Corps
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Commander of The Order of The British Empire (CBE)

Awarded for meritorious service. It is generally given to those in command for their service over a number of years.

Name Rank Unit
Thomas Anthony BECKETTBrigadier late The Parachute Regiment
David Arthur HOOKBrigadier Royal Marines
Greville Kenneth BIBBY MBEColonel late Coldstream Guards
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Officer of The Order of The British Empire (OBE)

Awarded for meritorious service. It is generally given to those in command for their service over a number of years.

Name Rank Unit
Andrew DENNISColonel Late The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
Charles Simon CALDERLieutenant Colonel The Royal Anglian Regiment
Douglas McKenzie CHALMERS MBEActing Colonel The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
James Robert DEANCommander Royal Navy
Michael Robin James CAMPBELLLieutenant Colonel The Royal Logistic Corps
Simon James BANTONLieutenant Colonel The Mercian Regiment
Simon Peter HAMILTONMajor Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Stephen John CARTWRIGHTLieutenant Colonel The Royal Regiment of Scotland
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Member of The Order of The British Empire (MBE)

Awarded for meritorious service. It is generally given to those in command for their service over a number of years.

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Distinguished Service Order

Awarded for highly successful command and leadership during active operations. Originally instituted to reward junior officers in the Army, following a review it was replaced by the all service, all ranks Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. Although available to all ranks, the DSO is now awarded only to the more senior officer ranks. Further acts of bravery attract additional "bar" hence, the award "Bar to Distinguished Service Order" given to Lieutenant Colonel Angus Fair.

Name Rank Unit
Angus George Costeker FAIR DSOLieutenant Colonel The Light Dragoons
Giles Richard HARRIS MBEMajor Welsh Guards
Robert John THOMSON MBEActing Colonel The Rifles
Timothy Buchan RADFORD OBEBrigadier late The Light Infantry
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Associate Royal Red Cross Medal

The Royal Red Cross is only awarded to members of the Nursing Services. It consists of two classes. Recipients of the Royal Red Cross 1st Class are known as Members, while recipients of the 2nd Class are known as Associates. The ARRC is awarded for "special devotion and competency in the performance of actual nursing duties".

Name Rank Unit
Gail Lesley WHITTLECaptain Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
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Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Awarded in recognition of acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy. Was instituted in 1993 to replace three previous awards: the DSO (issued to officers), the Distinguished Conduct Medal (Army other ranks) and the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (RN other ranks).

Name Rank Unit
Alan Gordon DENNISSergeant The Mercian Regiment
Gary PROUTLance Bombardier Royal Regiment of Artillery
Jaime MONCHOSerjeant The Rifles
Kyle Patrick SMITHLance Corporal The Mercian Regiment
Marc Kevin GILESSergeant The Mercian Regiment
Steven William GADSBYGunner Royal Regiment of Artillery
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Military Cross

Awarded to all ranks of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land in the presence of the enemy.

Name Rank Unit
Alexander James SMITHLance Corporal The Parachute Regiment
Alexander John PHILLIPSLieutenant The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Alexander Robert KENNEDYPrivate The Mercian Regiment
Christopher Sean REYNOLDSCorporal The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Craig ADKINCorporal The Mercian Regiment
Craig Richard SHARPCorporal The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Edward Robert BROWNCaptain The Mercian Regiment
Jo BUTTERFILLMajor The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Karl Christian HICKMANMajor The Rifles
Mathew Robert TOMLINSONWarrant Officer Class 2 CGC Royal Marines
Matthew Philip TURRALLLance Sergeant Irish Guards
Neil Darren GRANTMajor The Mercian Regiment
Paul Edward MATHERCorporal Army Air Corps
Richard CLARKCorporal The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Simon Nicholas THOMPSONWarrant Officer Class 2 The Rifles
Steven Graham CHILDSCorporal The Rifles
Tresham Dame Rowley GREGGLieutenant The Light Dragoons
William James Archie HIGNETTLieutenant The Rifles
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Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded to all ranks of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy in the air in the presence of the enemy.

Name Rank Unit
Marc Alan HEALFlight Lieutenant Royal Air Force
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George Medal

Awarded to military personnel for those acts for which military honours would not normally be granted, such as acts of great bravery not in the presence of the enemy.

Name Rank Unit
Daniel Marc SHEPHERD*Captain The Royal Logistic Corps
Paul Raymond JACOBSRifleman The Rifles
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Queen's Gallantry Medal

Awarded in recognition of acts of gallantry of a slightly lower degree than that required for the George Cross or George medal.

Name Rank Unit
Carl Peter THOMASCorporal The Rifles
David James TIMMINSLance Corporal The Royal Logistic Corps
Peter John BURNEYWarrant Officer Class 2 The Rifles
Wayne Edward James OWERSCaptain The Royal Logistic Corps

Additional awards were also announced on Friday. They include Mention in Dispatches, Queen's Commendation for Bravery, Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, and Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air. A full list can be found here.




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