The New Zealand Memorial Cross
The New Zealand Memorial Cross was instituted 16th August 1960 (The cross was initially agreed and approved by the King in September 1947) and is awarded to the next of kin of all New Zealand servicemen and women who were killed while on war service or operational service overseas, or who subsequently died of wounds received while on war service or operational service overseas, since the commencement of World War Two.
Two versions of the New Zealand Memorial Cross have been struck: one during the reign of King George VI, and one during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The medal is a 32mm wide silver bath-type cross, overlain by a
plain cleft arm cross, with the 'GVI' royal cypher at the centre. A
king's crown is on the upper arm and a fern leaf - a New Zealand symbol
- at the ends of the other three. A wreath is integrated between the
The name and rank of the deceased was engraved on the back of each cross.
The King George VI cross is worn from a thin mauve coloured ribbon suspended around the neck.