First introduced by Queen Victoria in 1854, the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) recognises gallantry displayed in the field by Other Ranks, which includes Soldiers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers. As far as the Other Ranks go, the DCM is regarded as second only to the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry.
Lance Corporal Richard Kirby died only days after performing the action in which he was awarded the DCM. As per protocol, the medal then passed to his next of kin. How do you think Kirby’s family may have felt about receiving his medal?