Efficiency Decoration

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Efficiency Decoration
Awarded by The United Kingdom
Type Medal (decoration)
Eligibility Territorial Army (UK) - Ranks; Indian Volunteer Forces; Colonial Auxiliary Forces
Awarded for Granted for a minimum of 12 years service with war service and West African peacetime service counting double.
Status

This award:

Statistics
Established 17 October 1930
Precedence
Equivalent Territorial Decoration
Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve
Air Efficiency Award

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The Efficiency Decoration (ED) is a defunct medal of Britain and the Commonwealth awarded for meritorious and long service in the Territorial Army of the UK, the Indian Volunteer Forces and Colonial Auxiliary Forces. This award superseded the awards to officers throughout the volunteer forces of Britain and the Commonwealth including the Territorial Decoration.

The criteria were for a minimum of 12 years service in the Territorial Army, with war service and West African peacetime service counting double. Bars for further periods of six years were also awarded.

The medal was superseded in the UK in 1999 by the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal. In other Commonwealth Nations, Canada was the first to have another decoration supersede it; the Canada Decoration of October 1942, to present.[1]

The equivalent award for other ranks was the Efficiency Medal.

Scroll Inscriptions[edit]

The fixed suspender bar was decorated with an inscribed scroll the inscription of which had a number of variations.

  • TERRITORIAL: This was the inscription for those serving in the Territorial Army of UK. It lasted from 1930 to 2000, with a hiatus of approximately 12 years when the T&AVR inscription was used (see below). During this period there were 4 Obverse types for the main body of the medal being the two effigies of George VI and the two of Elizabeth II).
  • MILITIA: This was granted to members of the Supplementary Reserve until the formation of the Army Emergency Reserve in 1951 which had its own medal. It lasted from 1930 to 1951. During this period there were 3 Obverse types for the main body of the medal being the one effigy of George V and the two effigies of George VI.
T&AVR scroll bar
  • T&AVR: This was introduced when the Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve was created and lasted from 1969 to 1982 after which the TERRITORIAL inscription was resumed. During this period there was one Obverse type for the main body of the medal being the second effigy type of Elizabeth II.
India scroll bar
  • (NAME OF COMMONWEALTH COUNTRY): For medals awarded to a member of a force outside of the United Kingdom the scroll had the name of the country of that force inscribed upon it. During this period all 5 Obverse types were used across the various medals for the main body of the medal, although not all countries had all five types.

The countries were:

Ribbon Variations[edit]

Name and post-nominal Variations[edit]

When the Efficiency Decoration was awarded to a Territorial Army officer, it continued to be known as the Territorial Decoration or as Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) and the recipient still used the letters TD after their name.[3]

Note regarding South Africa[edit]

The Efficiency Decoration (South Africa) is a very similar medal but is not included in the above Commonwealth Country types because it is a separate medal. The scroll inscription read UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA, but the inscription also had the Afrikaans equivalent below as well as the reverse of the medal bearing a bilingual inscription.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of Defence website
  2. ^ www.hac.org.uk
  3. ^ "New Decoration and Medals", The Times, 18 October 1930
  4. ^ Mackay, J., Mussell, J.W., Editorial Team of Medal News, (2005), The Medal Yearbook, page 236, (Token Publishing Limited)