The Military Cross and Bar was awarded twice to Sir George Hubert Wilkins for his service in World War I. The medals are characterized by the white-purple-white ribbon and a silver cross ornamented with Imperial Crowns and the Royal Cypher. Wilkins was recommended for the Military Cross for pushing past the front lines to record "valuable pictures" throughout heavy fire from September - October 1917. On September 29, 1918, Wilkins helped organize a group of American soldiers who had lost their officers while under heavy German fire, earning him a recommendation for a Bar to the Military Cross. He was also recommended for Mention in Despatches. A letter was sent to his brother Thomas Walter Wilkins on October 3, 1919, stating that his brother was a recipient to the Bar and giving the London Gazette and Commonwealth of Australia Gazette supplement numbers and dates where it is listed. Many sources state that he was awarded the Military Cross twice, explaining why there are two of these medals in this collection, though only these recommendations could be found. Wilkins was also the receipient of several other medals, including the Victory Medal and British War Medal. Sir George Hubert Wilkins is the only Australian official photographer to have been decorated.