The number two gallantry medal for actions involving the enemy, behind only the Victoria Cross.
So a Gurkha Corporal is awarded one (along with others) for the following action.
Corporal Mohansingh Tangnami, 29, from the western part of Nepal, was recognised for his steadfastness under enemy fire throughout the tour.
On one patrol, he carried a wounded comrade to safety before braving fire again to collect the man\’s ammunition and gun to prevent it falling into the wrong hands.
Good man that. His reaction?
"I still don\’t believe that I met the Queen," he said today.
And there are still people who oppose proper pensions and the right of settlement in this country for these men?