Nominate someone for an honour or award

4. Recommend someone for a bravery award

Civilian gallantry awards recognise the bravery of people who’ve saved (or attempted to save) someone’s life. Recommendations are judged on:

  • degree of risk
  • how aware the nominee was of the danger
  • persistence

You can recommend someone after they’ve died (they’ll get a posthumous award). They don’t have to be British (except for the George Cross award).

Types of bravery awards

You can recommend someone for the:

  • George Cross (a first-level civilian medal for bravery, for acts of great heroism and courage in extreme danger)
  • George Medal (a second-level civilian medal for bravery, for acts of great bravery)
  • Queen’s Gallantry Medal (a third-level civilian medal for bravery, for inspiring acts of bravery)

How to recommend someone for a bravery award

Write to or email the Honours and Appointments Secretariat.

You’ll need to write a detailed description explaining why you’re recommending them. Include as many details as possible about the individual and what happened. You can also ask the Honours and Appointments Secretariat about your recommendation.

Honours and Appointments Secretariat
G/40 1 Horseguards Road
London
SW1A 2HQ

Honours and Appointments Secretariat
honours@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

After you recommend someone for a bravery award

All recommendations will be assessed by the George Cross Committee, which makes recommendations to the Queen, who awards the honour.