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The Burma Gallantry Medal (BGM) was a military decoration awarded to non-commissioned Officers and other ranks of the British Burma military, Frontier Force and military police for acts of personal bravery in war or peace.[1] Established by royal warrant in 1940,[2] it was first awarded 26 March 1942 and last awarded 28 November 1947.[3]

Burma Gallantry Medal
Burma Gallantry Medal ribbon.PNG
Ribbon bar of the medal
Awarded by the Governor General of Burma
CountryBritish Burma
TypeGallantry decoration
EligibilityNon-Commissioned Officers and other ranks of the Burma Army, the Burma Frontier Force, the Burma Military Police, the Burma Volunteer Air Force and Petty Officers and ratings of the Burma Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Awarded forActs of conspicuous gallantry performed in connection with assigned duties
Campaign(s)World War II
StatusNo longer awarded
Established10 May 1940
First awarded26 March 1942
Last awarded28 November 1947


The medal 36 mm in diameter, is round and made of silver. The obverse bears the crowned effigy of King George VI facing left with the inscription around the edge GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX ET INDIAE:IMP. The reverse bears a laurel wreath and the inscription "Burma" and "For Gallantry". The medal is suspended from a dark green ribbon with a crimson central stripe.[2]


  1. ^ "Recommendations for Honours and Awards 1935 - 1990". The National Archives. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Royal Warrant for the Burma Gallantry Medal" (PDF). The Edinburgh Gazette. September 7, 1945. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Dates for the Introduction of Medals as shown by the Royal Warrants Published in the London Gazette". The London Gazette. Retrieved 30 October 2011.

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