Honoris Crux Diamond
|Honoris Crux Diamond|
|Awarded by the State President|
|Type||Military decoration for bravery|
|Awarded for||Death-defying heroic deeds of outstanding valour|
|Status||Discontinued in 1993|
|First awarded||Never awarded|
|Order of wear|
|Next (higher)||Castle of Good Hope Decoration (CGH)|
|Next (lower)||Honoris Crux Gold (HCG)|
The Honoris Crux Diamond (Diamond Cross of Honour), post-nominal letters HCD, is a military decoration for bravery that was instituted by the Republic of South Africa on 1 July 1975, but never awarded. The decoration was intended for award to members of the South African Defence Force for death-defying heroic deeds of outstanding valour.
The South African military
The Union Defence Forces (UDF) were established in 1912 and renamed the South African Defence Force (SADF) in 1958. On 27 April 1994 it was integrated with six other independent forces into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
The Honoris Crux Diamond (Diamond Cross of Honour), post-nominal letters HCD, was instituted by the State President on 1 July 1975.
The decoration could be awarded to members of the South African Defence Force for death-defying heroic deeds of outstanding valour. It was the most senior of a set of four classes of Honoris Crux decorations, the Honoris Crux Diamond, Honoris Crux Gold, Honoris Crux Silver and Honoris Crux, that together replaced the discontinued Honoris Crux of 1952.
Order of wear
The Honoris Crux Diamond was never awarded and was officially discontinued on 3 September 1993, when it was no longer listed in the official order of precedence table that was published on that date. Until then it was preceded by the Castle of Good Hope Decoration (CGH) and succeeded by the Honoris Crux Gold (HCG).
- South African Defence Force until 3 September 1993
- Official SADF order of precedence:
- Official national order of precedence:
- Preceded by the Castle of Good Hope Decoration (CGH).
- Succeeded by the Honoris Crux Gold (HCG).
The Honoris Crux Diamond is a silver-gilt Maltese cross that fits in a circle 45 millimetres in diameter, with two swords in saltire surmounted by a circular protea wreath, the arms of the cross in green enamel, with a roundel in the centre tierced horizontally in the orange, white and blue bands of the national flag, framed in a double circle containing eight diamonds set in green enamel. Apart from the eight diamonds in the enameled circle, it is identical to the Honoris Crux Gold in all respects.
Since it was never awarded and now never will be, the Honoris Crux Diamond was no longer listed in the official order of precedence lists, as published in the Republic of South Africa Government Gazette, since 1993.
- South African Medal Website - Post-nominal Letters (Accessed 28 April 2015)
- South African Medal Website - SA Defence Force : 1975-2003 (Accessed 30 April 2015)
- South African Medal Website - SA Defence Force : 1952-1975 (Accessed 30 April 2015)
- Suid-Afrikaanse militêre dekorasies: 1952-1975
- Suid-Afrikaanse militêre dekorasies: 1975-2003
- Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol. 457, no. 25213, Pretoria, 25 July 2003
- Republic of South Africa Government Gazette no. 15093, Pretoria, 3 September 1993
- Monick, S (1988). South African Military Awards 1912-1987. South African National Museum of Military History. p. 49.
- Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol. 477, no. 27376, Pretoria, 11 March 2005, OCLC 72827981