Territorial Force War Medal
|Territorial Forces War Medal|
Obverse (top left) and reverse (top right) of the medal.
|Awarded for||Campaign service.|
|Campaign||First World War 1914-19.|
|Description||Bronze disk, 36mm diameter.|
|Total awarded||33,944 bronze.|
British War Medal
The Territorial Force War Medal was a campaign medal awarded to members of the British Territorial Force and Territorial Force Nursing Services who served overseas in World War I; it is the rarest of the five British Great War medals.
The medal was established in April 1920 for award to members of the Territorial Force and Territorial Force Nursing Services who volunteered for service overseas on or before 30 September 1914, and served overseas. They had to:
- have been serving with the force on 4 August 1914 or
- have completed four years service with the force before 4 August 1914 and rejoined the force on or before 30 September 1914
In addition provided they:
- Undertook, either verbally or by written agreement on or before 30 September 1914 to serve outside the United Kingdom, such agreement being operative after 4 August 1914, and
- Have served outside the United Kingdom between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918 (both dates inclusive; note that the last date was in 1918 though the years on the reverse said 1914-19) and
- Did not qualify for the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star
- The medal is a circular bronze design of 36mm (1.42 in) diameter, with a straight bar suspender. The obverse shows a King George V bareheaded effigy, facing left, with the legend: GEORGIVS V BRITT : OMN : REX ET IND : IMP :
- The reverse has a wreath with in centre FOR / VOLUNTARY / SERVICE / OVERSEAS / 1914-19, and around the upper outer edge TERRITORIAL WAR MEDAL
- The ribbon is yellow with two green stripes, 32 mm (1.25 in) wide.
- Territorial Force Imperial Service Badge
- World War One - Medal Abbreviations
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