Territorial War Medal

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Territorial War Medal
WW1 Territorial War Medal.jpg
Awarded by the Monarch of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility British forces
Awarded for Campaign service
Campaign(s) First World War
Description Bronze disk, 36mm diameter.
Clasps None
Established April 1920
Total awarded 33,944
Next (higher) Victory Medal (United Kingdom)
Victory Medal (South Africa)
Next (lower) Mercantile Marine War Medal
Ribbon - Territorial Force War Medal.png
Ribbon bar

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; 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.

See also[edit]


  • Mackay, J and Mussel, J (eds) - Medals Yearbook - 2006, (2005), Token Publishing.
  • Joslin, Litherland, and Simpkin (eds), British Battles and Medals, (1988), Spink

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