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Queen's Birthday Honours 2013

Sergeant Blaine Flower DIDDAMS, deceased, WA

For acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances as a patrol commander, Special Operations Task Group Rotation XVII on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan on 2 July 2012.

On 2 July 2012, Sergeant Diddams displayed inspirational leadership and selfless courage in extremely hazardous circumstances. To support his patrol and ensure mission success, he knowingly exposed himself to draw fire and lead assaults on insurgent positions. His leadership and selfless acts of gallantry, which ultimately cost his life, were of the highest order and in keeping with the finest traditions of Australian special operations forces, the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.


From "Victoria Cross Regulations".

KNOW YOU that it is Our will and pleasure that the Victoria Cross for Australia be the highest decoration for according recognition to persons who, in the presence of the enemy, perform acts of the most conspicuous gallantry, or daring or pre-eminent acts of
valour or self-sacrifice or display extreme devotion to duty:
AND WE DO ordain that the award of the Victoria Cross shall be governed by the Regulations set out in the Schedule.

Note by TF:
It seems Blaine actually qualified for the Victoria Cross.

Medal for Gallantry

Medal for Gallantry (obverse)Medal for Gallantry (reverse)

The Medal for Gallantry (MG) was introduced in 1991 and is awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.


The MG is a gold-plated medal with the obverse having a central device of a Federation Star on a circle of flames representing action under fire. The reverse has a panel for recipient detail over a design of fluted rays of varying lengths.  The suspension bar is inscribed on both obverse and reverse with “FOR GALLANTRY”.


The MG ribbon has a design of chevrons of light orange alternating with chevrons of deep orange.  The ribbon is worn with the points facing upwards.

Further Awards

A further award of the MG is denoted by a gold-plated bar having the Federation Star on a horizontal row of flames.  When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of a Federation Star on a gold-plated disc.


Recipients of the Medal for Gallantry are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘MG’.  Recipients of a bar to the MG add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.


The nomination procedure is detailed in Defence Instruction (General) PERS 31-3 Australian Gallantry and Distinguished Service Awards.

The MG is worn in the position notified by the Governor-General in The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards.

Source Document

CAG S25 of 4 February 1991 and CAG S420 of 6 November 1996 (Letters Patent and Regulations and amendments).