Honours - Elizabeth Cross
The Elizabeth Cross is a posthumous award granted by the Crown, together with a Memorial Scroll, to the next of kin of service personnel who die on operations or as a result of terrorism. It is the Queen’s wish that the Cross be presented to the next of kin by either the Lord-Lieutenant or a senior member of the Armed Forces, as the family desires.
This new award was first created in 2009 and is not just granted to families who have lost loved ones in recent conflicts in Afghanistan or Iraq but is available to the families of those who died in conflicts dating back to 1948 including the Korean War, the Falklands and Northern Ireland. 232 Cross and Memorial Scrolls have been issued to families of UDR CGC personnel whose deaths were officially attributed to their military service.