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 creationthe medal has been awarded to civilians and . Acts of courage register of the george medal 1940 2015 3750 just published acts of courage register of the george medal 1940 2015 by philip mcdermott the george medal along with the george cross was instituted by his majesty king g companions of the distinguished service order 1923 2010 army awards. The george medal is awarded by the united kingdom and commonwealth of nations for acts of great bravery over 2000 medals have been awarded since its inception in september 1940 below is set out a selection of recipients of the award in the 1940s a persons presence in this list does not suggest their award was more notable than any other award of the george medal. The george medal gm is the second highest civil award of the united kingdom and commonwealth it ranks below the george crossit is only awarded for non combat acts of bravery the gm was created on 24 september 1940 by king george vi at this time during the height of the blitz there was a desire to reward acts of civilian courageit was decided that the george cross and the gm would
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