The British ''George Medal'' was created by England's King George VI in 1940 as a means to reward British Military Personnel (and later Civilians), for ''Actions of Gallantry NOT involving face to face Enemy Actions''. The most award of The Medal was from heroic actions during The London Blitz of 1940 (WWII), when Combat and Non-Combat Support Persons risked life and limb putting out fires and rescuing people trapped as a result of The German bombings.
Over 2,000 George Medals have been awarded since it's inception. With the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth (1952), the likeness of the reigning Monarch was placed on Medals since. Despite the change, it is still known as The George Medal. A circular, Silver tone Device, the Medal Reserve bears the engraving of St. George on Horseback, engaged in Battle with The Dragon (of Medieval myth). Normally, The Recipient name is engraved on the Rear Perimeter of The Device. The Ribbon is a Red Field with Blue Striping. Recipients are allowed to use the designation ''GM'' after their name, as a means of identifying their Award Status (as is common with British Awards).