Military Cross (MC)

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The Military Cross was instituted on 28th December 1915. It was awarded to commissioned officers of the rank of Captain and below for distinguished and meritorious service in battle on land. Bars are added to the ribbon for holders who receive additional awards of the MC.

Around 37,000 MCs were awarded in the First World War, 3,000 with a bar, 170 with two bars and four with three bars. 306 were awarded to university members, a further twenty with a bar and four with two bars.