Territorial Force War Medal 1914 - 19

     The least common of the Great War campaign medals the Territorial Force War Medal was instituted in 1920. 33,944 were awarded to members of the Territorial Force and Territorial Force Nursing Service who were:

a) Members of the Territorial Force on the 4th August 1914
b) Members who had completed four years or more service prior to the 4th August 1914, and rejoined prior to 30th September 1914
1) Volunteered prior to the 30th September 1914 to serve outside the United Kingdom
2) Actually served outside the United Kingdom between 4th August 1914 and 11th November 1918
3) Were not eligible for the 1914 or 1914 - 15 Star.

Numbers issued per regiment or unit are quite variable making the medal rare to some, i.e. Royal Scots Fusiliers, 10 medals; Hampshire Regiment, 1,507 medals.

Description: 36mm diameter in bronze, with a fixed plain suspension. Obverse; same as the British War Medal . Reverse; a laurel wreath containing the inscription FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE OVERSEAS 1914 - 19 and, TERRITORIAL WAR MEDAL around the upper perimeter.

Naming: impressed in sans serif capitals.

Ribbon: yellow with two green stripes.

(Also see: Medals of the Regiments for qualification by regiment for Infantry and Cavalry units.)



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