Multiple Awards


The Queen's/Kings Medal is awarded to the champion shot of the relevant service. One frequently asked question is "who is the "best" shot?". The question really being asked is "who has won the medal the most times?".

Whilst it is a very easy question to answer in relation to physical numbers of medals awarded to a particular service, it is essential to bear in mind several factors. For instance, the greater the number of competitors the harder the medal is to win. So an award to the British Army may be harder to win than an award to Australia. Further, different countries use different weapons, with different sighting systems, firing at different sized targets, in different practices, on different ranges.

When reading the list below bear in mind that the recipients cannot be easily compared with one another. What the list below does show however, is consistent excellence within the recipient's service.

Another point which must also be considered is that whilst, originally, all countries shot for the British medal, several countries have since stopped shooting altogether or have created their own award to replace the "British" medal (such as Canada and Australia). Finally, some awards were originally created under a "native" warrant such as the Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Naval Forces and are thus, arguably, not a "British" award but a New Zealand award.

The numbers below take into account British and Native awards.

14 Bars

Chief Technician J. T. Prictor 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 (RAF).

10 Bars

Lieutenant Commander N. C. G. Peach 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1973 (Royal New Zealand Navy).

9 Bars

8 Bars

7 bars

Major D. T. Burke 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1939, 1947 (Canada).

Sergeant R. N. Van Gelderen 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 (RAF).

Major T. N. Martin 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986 (Jamaica).

WO2 P. K. Oakford 1972, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, Champion Shots Medal 1991 (Australia).

Lt K. E. Ferguson 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1990 (Canada - Reserve), Canadian Medal (Reserve Forces) 1996, 1999.

Sergeant B. Hartman 1984, 1987, (Champion Shots Medal) 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2000 (RAAF).

6 Bars

WO1 J. R. A. Surette 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985 (Canada - Regular), 1989 (Canada-Reserve), Canadian Medal (Reserve Forces) 1998.

WO2 T. A. Sands MBE 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 (Royal Marines).

5 Bars

Lt F. H. Morgan 1927, 1928, 1929, 1932, 1938 (Rhodesia).

WO1 Waterfall 1952, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1961 (South Africa).

Major E. L. Warner 1955 (Canada-Regular), 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972 (Canada-Reserve).

SSgt M. A. H. Gillice 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 (New Zealand).

Cpl A. Bellott (Champion Shots Medal) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 (RAAF).

Master Warrant Officer M. L. Gray 1997, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 Canadian Medal (Reserve Forces).

WO2 A. Munn (Champion Shots Medal) 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013 (Australian Army).

4 Bars

WO J. D. Shearim 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933 (Australia).

SSgt N. A. Fereday 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934 (Rhodesia).

Captain J. Hamill 1937, 1948, 1951, 1960 (UK-Territorial).

WO F. B Haycock 1954, 1956, 1957, 1964 (Royal New Zealand Air Force).

Inspector D. Hollingsworth 1956, 1957, 1962, 1963 (Rhodesia, British South Africa Police).

Chief Inspector (Technician) D. G. Toddun 1968, The President's Medal 1970, 1972, 1979 (Rhodesia, British South Africa Police).

Sergeant P. A. Moss 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 (RAF).

Captain J. D. Alexander 1985, 1987, 1990, 1994 (UK-Territorial).

Corporal J. M. Kovacs 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997 (Royal New Zealand Air Force).

Squadron Leader L. F. Smith 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010 (RAF).

WO2 Peter Richards (Champion Shots Medal) 1998, 2004, 2010, 2014 (Australia).

3 Bars

Havildar Barna Sing Thapa 1928, 1929, 1931 (India).

Lieutenant J. Liebman 1935, 1937, 1938 (South Africa).

Sergeant J. E. White 1937, 1949, 1953 (UK-Territorial).

WO2 J. J. Bezuidenhout 1949, 1953, 1959 (South Africa).

Lieutenant G. S. Boa 1949, 1950, 1951 (Canada).

Sergeant G. Lamont 1949, 1950, 1951 (Rhodesia).

WO1 R. D. Archer 1950, 1957, 1959 (Australia).

Corporal I. R. Larsen 1955, 1956, 1959 (New Zealand).

Lieutenant J. S. Wooster 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962 (New Zealand).

WO C. G. Robertson 1959, 1962, 1969 (Royal New Zealand Air Force).

WO2 G. Collins 1963, 1964, 1965 (New Zealand).

L/Sgt J. E. Daigle 1963, 1966, 1970 (Canada-Regular).

WO1 L. F. Steele 1966, 1968, 1970 (Australia).

Sergeant L. Mercier 1968, 1974, 1970 (Canada-Regular).

Sergeant A. G. Owens 1970, 1971, 1972 (New Zealand).

Sergeant T. F. Haynes 1972, 1973, 1975 (UK-Territorial).

Sgt G. E. Cuthbert 1975, 1976, 1977 (Royal New Zealand Air Force).

WO2 J. W. Dixon 1980, 1983, (Champion Shots Medal) 1996 (Australia).

F/Sgt T. L. Mitchell 1967, 1971, 1972 (RAAF).

Leading Writer R. C. Nawisielski 1971, 1974, 1982 (Royal New Zealand Navy).

Captain P. Marshall 1974, 1977, 1986 (UK-Territorial).

Cpl G. Thompson 1974, 1977, 1979 (RAAF).

WO P. Phillips 1975, 1976, 1983 (RAAF).

WO J. L. Hamilton 1980, 1981, 1985 (RAAF).

Captain Dharmendra Gurung 1982, 1993, 1995 (UK-Regular).

CPOREA D. Tonkin 1983, 1986, 1989 (Royal New Zealand Navy).

Wing Commander R. B. Smith 1985, 1987, 1990 (Royal New Zealand Air Force).

Sergeant P. J. MacPherson, (Champion Shots Medal) 1991, 1992, 1993 (RAAF).

WO2 Lalit Bahadur Gurung 1992, 2000, 2006 (UK-Regular).

Sergeant M. A. Cole 1993, 1994, 2005 (Royal Marines).

Squadron Leader D. B. Vick 1994, 2008, 2011 (RAF).

Staff Sergeant C. P. Hally 1996, 2004, 2008 (New Zealand).

Lt. D. Anderson 2010, 2011, 2012 (Royal Navy).

Captain K. Barling 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 (Canada-Regular (Air Force)).

Corporal R. Jamieson 2013, 2014, 2015 (RAF).

 

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