Medal for Gallantry

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Medal for Gallantry
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Obverse of medal and ribbon
Awarded by Australia
TypeMedal
EligibilityMembers of the Australian Defence Force
Awarded for"acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances"[1]
StatusCurrently awarded
Post-nominalsMG
Statistics
Established15 January 1991
First awarded1996
Last awarded2014 Australia Day Honours
Total awarded55[2]
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Nursing Service Cross[3]
Next (lower)Bravery Medal[3]
 
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Medal for Gallantry
Medal gallantry aust.png


MGAustRibbon.png

Obverse of medal and ribbon
Awarded by Australia
TypeMedal
EligibilityMembers of the Australian Defence Force
Awarded for"acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances"[1]
StatusCurrently awarded
Post-nominalsMG
Statistics
Established15 January 1991
First awarded1996
Last awarded2014 Australia Day Honours
Total awarded55[2]
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Nursing Service Cross[3]
Next (lower)Bravery Medal[3]

The Medal for Gallantry (MG) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force. It recognises acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances. The MG was introduced on 15 January 1991, replacing the Imperial equivalent. It is ranked third in the Gallantry Decorations in the Australian Honours System. Recipients of the Medal of Gallantry are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "MG". Since its inception 55 awards have been made.

Description[edit]

Decoration allowance[edit]

Veterans who are paid disability pension under the Veterans Entitlements Act 1986 (the Act), and who have been awarded a gallantry award specified in the Act, including the Medal for Gallantry, are also paid a decoration allowance. In May 2011, the allowance was A$2.10 per fortnight.[4]

Notable recipients[edit]

List of recipients[edit]

#NameDate awardedCitationNotes
05Arrowsmith, CAPT Thomas HenryCAPT Thomas Henry Arrowsmith3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[1][11]
Avery, CPL Ryan JamesCPL Ryan James Avery11 June 2012For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances on 4 December 2010 while a sniper team member in Mentoring Task Force - Two on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan.[2]
B (Brett Wood), CPLCPL B (Brett Wood)13 June 2011For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan in 2008 (sic - the actions were in 2006).[3][9]
B (2013), CPLCPL B (2013)26 January 2013For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.[4]
Baird, CPL Cameron StewartCPL Cameron Stewart BairdNovember 2007For his conduct during a close quarters combat in Afghanistan during Operation SLIPPER in November 2007[citation needed]
04Bolitho, 2LT Graeme Eric2LT Graeme Eric Bolitho3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[5][12]
06Bourke, CAPT James RaymondCAPT James Raymond Bourke3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[6][13]
17Burridge, CPL John Douglas CampbellCPL John Douglas Campbell Burridge1 December 1999(Vietnam[14][10][15])[7][16]
18Byng, CPL Trevor WilliamCPL Trevor William Byng1 December 1999(Vietnam[14][10])[8][17]
25C (Matthew Locke), SGTSGT C (Matthew Locke)2 December 2006For gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances as the second-in-command of a Special Air Service Regiment patrol in the Special Forces Task Group whilst deployed on Operation Slipper, Afghanistan, in 2006.[18][6]
C (2013)10 June 2013For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances as a team commander, Special Operations Task Group on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan.[9]
Cash, MAJ Daniel SebastianMAJ Daniel Sebastian Cash26 January 2008For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances during operations against Taliban and Anti Coalition Militia while deployed on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan, from June to October 2006.[10][19]
19Cashmore, SGT Frank CarrSGT Frank Carr Cashmore1 December 1999(Vietnam[14][10])[11][20]
20Casson, Private Kevin GeorgePrivate Kevin George Casson1 December 1999(Vietnam[14][10])[12][21]
Chalk, Michael PatrickMichael Patrick Chalk26 January 2014For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances while an Engineer Search Commander in the Tangi Valley, Afghanistan, on 10 March 2012.[13]
Clarke, LCPL Brendan MichaelLCPL Brendan Michael Clarke13 June 2011For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances while a rifleman with Team Three, Mentoring Team C, Mentoring Task Force 1, in the Central Baluchi Valley, Afghanistan on 15 March and 8 July 2010.[14]
21Collett, SGT Brian JohnSGT Brian John Collett1 December 1999(Vietnam[14][10])[15][22]
Cox, Private David WilliamPrivate David William Cox26 January 2010For gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances while a rifleman and combat first aider in Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force 1 at Kakarak, Afghanistan on 16 March 2009.[16]
D, SGTSGT D26 January 2012For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.[23]
Diddams, Blaine FlowerBlaine Flower Diddams10 June 2013For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances as a patrol commander, Special Operations Task Group Rotation XVII on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan on 2 July 2012.[17]
Dolan, WO2 Kevin BedeWO2 Kevin Bede Dolan13 June 2011For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances while a joint terminal attack controller for Mentoring Team A, Mentoring Task Force 1, at Sorkh Lez in the Mirabad Valley, Afghanistan on 2 July 2010.[18]
E, PrivatePrivate E[citation needed]2012?[citation needed]For gallantry in action going far beyond the expected resulting in the preservation of life in extremely hazardous conditions, whilst deployed on Operation SLIPPER, Afghanistan in 2012.[citation needed][citation needed]
26E (Benjamin Roberts-Smith), LCPLLCPL E (Benjamin Roberts-Smith)2 December 2006For gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances as a patrol sniper in the Special Operations Task Group – Task Force 637, whilst deployed on Operation SLIPPER Rotation Three Afghanistan, May – September 2006.[18][7]
27F, TrooperTrooper F2 December 2006For gallantry in action in extremely hazardous conditions, as a patrol member in the Special Forces Task Group whilst deployed on Operation SLIPPER, Afghanistan in 2006.[18]
07Green, CAPT Paul EllisCAPT Paul Ellis Green3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[19][24]
22HANDLEY, Trooper Daniel JohnTrooper Daniel John HANDLEY1 December 1999(Vietnam[14][10])[20][25]
08HEALY, MAJ John BoydMAJ John Boyd HEALY3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[21][26]
09HINDSON, LT William FrancisLT William Francis HINDSON3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[22][27]
HOLDER, CPL Jeremy ThomasCPL Jeremy Thomas HOLDER26 January 2008For an act of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances as a Medical Assistant within the Special Operations Task Group - Task Force 637, while deployed on Operation.[23][19]
HUGGETT, CPL Justin WayneCPL Justin Wayne HUGGETT8 June 2009For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances while deployed in Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards Battle Group during Exercise LONG LOOK 2007.[24]
J, CPLCPL J26 January 2013For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan, June 2010.[25]
K, PrivatePrivate K26 January 2012For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.[23]
KENDALL, 2LT Geoff2LT Geoff KENDALL18 August 2008For actions during the Vietnam War.[26][28]
LANGER, Private Paul BjornPrivate Paul Bjorn LANGER26 January 2012For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances on 24 August 2010 while a rifleman with Mentoring Team Delta, the 1st Mentoring Task Force at Derapet, Tangi Valley, Afghanistan.[23]
LANIGAN, SGT Sean AnthonySGT Sean Anthony LANIGAN26 January 2012For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances on 24 August 2010 while a platoon sergeant and mentor with Mentoring Team Delta, the 1st Mentoring Task Force at Derapet, Tangi Valley, Afghanistan.[23]
LINES, WO2 John Matthew (Matt)WO2 John Matthew (Matt) LINES26 January 2010For gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances while acting as an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team member at Kakarak, Afghanistan on 4 January 2009.[27]
10MCDONALD, MAJ WilliamMAJ William MCDONALD3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[28][29]
11MCFARLANE, MAJ Ian DavidMAJ Ian David MCFARLANE3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[29][30]
01MILLER, CPL Andrew Colin25 November 1996Awarded for actions in 1995 whilst serving with UNAMIR in Rwanda.[30]
N , CPLCPL N26 January 2013For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.[31]
23ODDY, Steven25 March 2000For gallantry on 16 October 1999 while leading a patrol in the vicinity of Aidabasalaia, East Timor, during Operation WARDEN.[32]
12PEACOCK, CAPT Christopher John GilbertCAPT Christopher John Gilbert PEACOCK3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[33][31]
Robertson, Bombadier David StevenBombadier David Steven Robertson11 June 2012For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances on 20 March 2011 while a joint fires observer in Mentoring Task Force - Two on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan.[34]
SABBEN, 2LT David R2LT David R SABBEN18 August 2008For actions during the Vietnam War.[35][32]
S, TrooperTrooper S26 January 2009For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances in Afghanistan as part of the Special Operations Task Group during Operation SLIPPER, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.[36]
02SCOTT, WO2 Rodrick Malcolm25 November 1996Awarded for actions in 1995 whilst serving with UNAMIR in Rwanda.[37]
13SIBREE, CAPT Peter AndrewCAPT Peter Andrew SIBREE3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[38][33]
SIME, Petty Officer Benjamin JamesPetty Officer Benjamin James SIME26 January 2009For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances during a waterborne terrorist attack in the North Persian Gulf, Iraq, during Operation CATALYST.[39]
14SMITH, CAPT Bevan JohnCAPT Bevan John SMITH3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[40][34]
15SULLIVAN, 2LT Brian John2LT Brian John SULLIVAN3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[41][35]
T , PrivatePrivate T11 June 2012For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances while deployed on Operation SLIPPER.[42]
TARABORRELLI, CPL Giancarlos BrasilCPL Giancarlos Brasil TARABORRELLI26 January 2010For gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances while an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team member at Kakarak, Afghanistan on 16 March 2009.[43]
03TILBROOK, LT Thomas Steven25 November 1996Awarded for actions in 1995 whilst serving with UNAMIR in Rwanda.[44]
04Vaughan-Evans, Major Carol LouiseMajor Carol Louise Vaughan-Evans25 November 1996For distinguished service, particularly in response to the massacre of civilian refugees at Kibeho on 22 April 1995 whilst serving with UNAMIR II in Rwanda.[36]
24WALLACE, Signalman Martin 'Jock'Signalman Martin 'Jock' WALLACE27 November 2002Wallace was awarded the Medal for Gallantry for his efforts on 2 March 2002, during Operation Anaconda, while attached to the United States 10th Mountain Division in the Shahi Kot Valley, Afghanistan.[37]
16WILLIAMS, 2LT Clive Owen Gestern2LT Clive Owen Gestern WILLIAMS3 June 1998(Vietnam[10])[45][38]

Number awarded[edit]

In March 2014, only 46 recipients were listed on the "It's an Honour" website. A further 8 recipients have been identified from official publications of the Governor General, the Department of Defence and from special issues of the Australian Government Gazette.

Many of the awards have been presented at the official Australia Day ceremonies - held on 26 January - and Queen's Birthday ceremonies - held on the 2nd Monday in June.

YearAustralia
Day
Queen's
Birthday
Other dates
20133[39]--
20124[23]3[40]--
2011-[41]3[42]--
20103[43]-[44]--
20092[45]1[46]--
20082[47]-[48]218 Aug 2008[49]
2006--32 Dec 2006[18]
2002--127 Nov 2002
2000--125 March 2000
1999--61 Dec 1999[14]
1998--133 Jun 1998[10]
1996--325 Nov 1996
Totals14729Total50

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medal for Gallantry". It's an Honour. Government of Australia. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Medal Yearbook 2014. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2014. p. 394. ISBN 978-1-908828-10-1. 
  3. ^ a b "The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards". Government House. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Veteran's Entitlements Act 1986 - Sect 102". Commonwealth Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII). Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  5. ^ Lee, Sandra (2006). 18 Hours: The true story of an SAS War Hero. Sydney: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-7322-8230-6. 
  6. ^ a b Vale SGT Locke, defence.gov.au
  7. ^ a b Benjamin Roberts-Smith, defence.gov.au
  8. ^ Cowan, Sean; Taylor, Nick (22 January 2011). "WA digger awarded VC medal". The West Australian. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "How Sgt Brett Wood earned a Medal for Gallantry in Afghanistan". The Herald Sun. 24 May 2011. 
    Vale SGT Wood, defence.gov.au
    To be awarded the medal for gallantry, defence.gov.au
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t The Vietnam End of War List. Australian Awards to Service Personnel Announced 3 June 1998 and Subsequently. vvaa.org.au
  11. ^ CAPT Thomas Henry Arrowsmith, Certificate, vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 10 Feb 1978, itsanhonour.gov.au; Mentioned in Despatches, 19 September 1969, awm.gov.au
  12. ^ 2LT Graeme Eric Bolitho, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  13. ^ CAPT James Raymond Bourke, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 9 May 1979;
    AM (Member of the Order of Australia) For service to veterans and their families through the establishment and implementation of 'Operation Aussies Home'. 26 January 2009
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Awards vide Special Gazette No S565 dated Wednesday 1 Dec 1999 (as a result of the Independent Review of the End of War List)
  15. ^ Report of the Independent Review Panel of the End of War List - Vietnam, 25 August 1999, defence.gov.au
  16. ^ CPL John Douglas Campbell Burridge, Certificate, Mentioned in Despatches, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  17. ^ CPL Trevor William Byng, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  18. ^ a b c d Soldiers' gallantry honoured, Defence Media Release MECC 337/06, 2 December 2006.
  19. ^ a b Mark Davis (2008) Gallantry of the highest order, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 2008
  20. ^ Sgt Cashmore, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 15 May 1978
  21. ^ Private Casson, Certificate and Mentioned in Despatches, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  22. ^ Sgt Collett, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  23. ^ a b c d e Medal for Gallantry - Australia Day 2012, Media Notes, Governor General's website
  24. ^ Capt Green, Certificate and Mentioned in Despatches, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 15 May 1981
  25. ^ Trooper Handley, Certificate and mentioned in Despatches, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  26. ^ Maj Healey, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 14 July 1977; National Medal - 1st clasp, 15 May 1979
  27. ^ Lt Hindson, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au;
    MC (Military Cross), Special Air Service - Vietnam - 10 December 1968;
    National Medal, 21 September 1977;
    Centenary Medal, "For many years voluntary service to veterans' associations and the Army" - 1 January 2001
  28. ^ 2LT Kendall, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 19 March 1979
  29. ^ Maj McDonald, Certificate and Mentioned in Despatches, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 14 July 1977; National Medal - 1st clasp, 23 October 1981
  30. ^ Maj McFarlane, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 14 July 1977; National Medal - 1st clasp, 15 May 1979
  31. ^ Capt Peacock, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 18 June 1980
  32. ^ 2Lt Sabben, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  33. ^ Capt Sibree, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 15 May 1978;
    AM (Member of the Order of Australia), "FOR SERVICE TO THE RAA AS COMMANDANT OF THE INFANTRY CENTRE COMMANDER SINGLETON MILITARY AREA". 11 June 1990
  34. ^ Capt Smith, Certificate and Mentioned in Despatches, www.vietnamroll.gov.au
  35. ^ 2LT Sullivan, Certificate and Mentioned in Despatches, www.vietnamroll.gov.au;
    MC (Military Cross), Armoured Regiment - Vietnam - 22 May 1970;
    National Medal, 11 March 1981
  36. ^ "December 1996 : Gallant diggers". Army : The Soldiers' Newspaper (1225) (armynews.realviewdigital.com). 12 November 2009. p. 40. 
  37. ^ Lee, Sandra (2006) 18 Hours: The true story of an SAS War Hero. Sydney: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-7322-8230-6
  38. ^ 2LT Williams, Certificate, www.vietnamroll.gov.au; National Medal, 9 May 1979
  39. ^ Medal for Gallantry - Australia Day 2013, Media Notes, Governor General's website
  40. ^ Medal for Gallantry - Queen's Birthday 2012, Media Notes, Governor General's website
  41. ^ Honours Lists - Australia Day 2011, Governor General's website
  42. ^ Medal for Gallantry - Queen's Birthday 2011, Media Notes, Governor General's website
  43. ^ Medal for Gallantry - Australia Day 2010, Media Notes, Governor General's website
  44. ^ Honours List - Queen's Birthday 2010, Governor General's website
  45. ^ Medal for Gallantry - Australia Day 2009, Media Notes, Governor General's website
  46. ^ Medal for Gallantry - Queen's Birthday 2009, Media Notes, Governor General's website
  47. ^ Medal for Gallantry - Australia Day 2008, Media Notes, Governor General's website
  48. ^ Honours List - Queen's Birthday 2008, Governor General's website
  49. ^ Gallantry awards for actions during the Vietnam War, Special Gazette No. S167, 18 August 2008, Commonwealth of Australia

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