Bronze Cross of Rhodesia
|Bronze Cross Of Rhodesia|
The Bronze Cross Of Rhodesia (B.C.R.) in case of issue
|Eligibility||To members of the Rhodesian Army, Air Force, Armoured Car Regiment and Guard Force.|
|Awarded for||"... gallantry."|
|Campaign(s)||Rhodesian Bush War.|
|Status||Hasn't been awarded since 1980.|
|Description||Bronze Maltese Cross with a full face bronze lion on a white enamelled circle with black edge and bronze laurel wreath.|
|Clasps||Bronze clasp awarded for second award. Only one clasp ever awarded.|
|Established||instituted in 1970|
|Next (higher)||Silver Cross of Rhodesia (for conspicuous gallantry)|
|Equivalent||The Police Decoration for Gallantry (for gallantry)|
|Next (lower)||Meritorious Conduct Medal (for brave and gallant conduct over and above the call of duty in a non-combatant capacity. The award may be awarded to both civilians and members of the Security Forces)|
The award was instituted in 1970 by Presidential Warrant, the first awards being made the same year. The last awards were made in June 1980.
The medal was a bronze cross with an enamelled roundel in the centre bearing a lion's head, suspended from a ribbon. The ribbons of the Bronze Cross differed in colour according to the service in which the recipient was enlisted; thus Army awards had a red ribbon with three white stripes; Air Force awards a purple ribbon with stripes and Guard Force awards a brown ribbon with stripes. The medal was impressed in small capitals with the recipient's name on the reverse, and was awarded with a case of issue, miniature medal for wear, and an illuminated certificate.
A total of 131 awards of the Bronze Cross of Rhodesia were made, seven posthumously. Notable recipients included the author Alan Thrush, SAS officer Grahame Wilson and air force officer Norman Walsh. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters B.C.R.
The Bronze Cross of Rhodesia was superseded in October 1980 by the Bronze Cross of Zimbabwe, which is awarded for conspicuous bravery, and which is open for award to civilians as well as military personnel.
- Rhodesia Medal Roll, p. 42–44
- Zimbabwe Government Statutory Instrument No. 677 of 1981, 14 September 1981.
- Saffery, D., 2006. The Rhodesia Medal Roll, Jeppestown Press, United Kingdom. ISBN 0-9553936-0-4
- Rhodesian Militaria: Bronze Cross of Rhodesia – Detailed photos & descriptions of genuine Bronze Crosses of Rhodesia and the breakdown of B.C.R.'s awarded to various units.