- Royal Red Cross
Infobox Military Award
name=Royal Red Cross
caption=Medal and ribbon
type= Military decoration
eligibility= Members of the Military Nursing Service
for= "exceptional services in military nursing"
27 April 1883
The Royal Red Cross is a military decoration awarded in the
United Kingdomand Commonwealth for exceptional services in military nursing.
The award was established on
27 April 1883by Queen Victoria, with a single class of Member. A second and lower class, Associate, was added during World War Iin 1917.
The award is made to a fully trained nurse of an officially recognised nursing service who has shown exceptional devotion and competency in the performance of actual nursing duties, over a continuous and long period, or who has performed some very exceptional act of bravery and devotion at her post of duty. This decoration had the distinction of being conferred exclusively to females until 1976. It is conferred on members of the nursing services regardless of rank. Holders of the second class are promoted to the first class on second awards.
Recipients of the Royal Red Cross are entitled to use the
post-nominal letters"RRC" or "ARRC" for Members and Associates respectively.
* The "badge for RRC" is in the shape of a golden cross, 1.375 inches wide, the obverse enamelled red, with a circular medallion (now bearing an effigy of the reigning monarch) at its centre. The words "Faith", "Hope" and "Charity" are inscribed on the upper limbs of the cross, with the year "1883" in the lower limb. The reverse is plain except a circular medallion bearing the
Royal Cypherof the reigning monarch.
* The "badge for ARRC" is in the shape of a silver cross, 1.375 inches wide, the obverse enamelled red, with broad silver edges around the enamel; a circular medallion (now bearing an effigy of the reigning monarch) at its centre. The reverse has a circular medallion bearing the Royal Cypher of the reigning monarch, as well as the words "Faith", "Hope" and "Charity" inscribed on the upper limbs of the cross, with the year "1883" in the lower limb.
* The "ribbon" for both grades is dark blue with crimson edge stripes.
* To recognize further exceptional devotion and competency in the performance of actual nursing duties or some very exceptional act of bravery and devotion at her post of duty, a bar may be awarded to a recipient of the RRC. The bar is linked to the cross and is made of red enamel. A rosette is worn on the ribbon in undress to denote a bar to the RRC.
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