"It will be seen that Churchill was staring at the medal ribbon pinned to my uniform, after which he paused in front of me, jabbed his forefinger at the medal, and said: 'What's that?' I explained that it was the ribbon of the George Medal
and it was clear that he had not seen one before, the reason being that it had only been commissioned in the previous year.
News that Sgt Maj O'Donnell had been awarded a posthumous Bar - a second medal - to the George Medal
he won for work in Iraq in 2006 emerged as the MoD announced that dozens of servicemen had been given gallantry awards for their efforts while fighting in Afghanistan last year.
PC Wayne Marques, from the British Transport Police, also picked up a George Medal
"for great courage".
Bernard Kenny, who was stabbed while trying to save Mrs Cox from her attacker, Thomas Mair, last June, receives the George Medal
Apart from documenting this fire, which was described on the day as the most serious since the "Great Fire of London" the aim is to compile a record of the three individual firemen, along with the other 10 "George Medal
Warrant Officer Gary O'Donnell, 40, of Edinburgh, won the George Medal
twice for extreme courage before his death in a Taliban bomb blast five years ago.
Rifleman Paul Jacobs, who was awarded the George Medal
for his bravery while serving with 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, said his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro had left him feeling "as though someone was sitting on my chest."
Cpl Wright was posthumously awarded the George Cross and two other soldiers gained the George Medal
in the wake of the incident near a Taliban checkpoint by Kajaki Dam.
The Queen's Gallantry Medal was instituted in 1974 to recognise acts of gallantry of a slightly lower degree than that required for the George Cross and George Medal
These actions led to him being awarded the George Medal
, second only to the George Cross, for bravery, and he received the medal at Buckingham Palace alongside his family.
A Birmingham man who was the only civilian to be awarded the George Cross and George Medal
for heroism has died.
Both these men won the George Medal
- before we even landed in France.