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WW2 medals and awards for territorial army?

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Ronald Report 10 May 2020 12:14

A general query please. Did TA personnel receive WW2 medals? My wife's grandfather fought in WW1 and received medals, but he, along with several of his brothers also served in the TA during WW2 operating search lights in Surrey. She just wondered if he might have been awarded a medal or other recognition.
Thanks in advance for any help.


Maddie Report 10 May 2020 15:46

Territorial Efficiency Medal
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Territorial Efficiency Medal
Territorial Efficiency Medal, obverse.pngTerritorial Efficiency Medal,reverse.png
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by The United Kingdom
Type Long service medal
Eligibility Territorial Army - other ranks
Awarded for A minimum of 12 years service, with war service counting double
Status This award:

Superseded the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in 1921
Was superseded by the Efficiency Medal in 1930

Description Oval silver medal
Established 1921
Next (higher) Efficiency Decoration[1]
Next (lower) Efficiency Medal[1]
Ribbon - Efficiency Medal (South Africa).png Ribbon - Volunteer Long Service Medal HAC.png
Regular and HAC ribbon bars

The Territorial Efficiency Medal (TEM) was a United Kingdom award for long service in the Territorial Army. It superseded the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal when the Territorial Force became the Territorial Army in 1921. It was superseded by the Efficiency Medal in 1930.

1 Award criteria
2 Description
2.1 Honourable Artillery Company
3 References
4 Further reading
5 External links

Award criteria

The medal was awarded to non-commissioned officers and men for a minimum of 12 years service in the Territorial Army, providing they attended 12 annual training camps.[2] Previous service in other part-time forces including the Territorial Force could count,[3] while war service counted double.[4] Bars for further periods of 12 years service were intended but never issued, since the medal was superseded by the Efficiency Medal after 9 years.[5]

The equivalent award for commissioned officers was the Territorial Decoration.[6] A recipient could wear both awards together, provided they completed the full periods of qualifying service for each.[7]

The Territorial Efficiency Medal is an oval silver medal, 38 millimetres (1.5 inches) high and 31 millimetres (1.2 inches) wide.
The obverse bears the effigy of King George V in Field Marshall's uniform facing left, circumscribed by the inscription "GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:". The reverse has a raised rim and bears the inscription "TERRITORIAL EFFICIENCY MEDAL" on three lines.[4]
The recipient's service number, rank, name, and unit were impressed on the edge of the medal.[8]

The medal hangs from a ring suspension, attached to the medal by a claw fixing. The 32 millimetres (1.26 inches) wide ribbon is plain dark green with yellow edges.[6]
Honourable Artillery Company

For members of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) the ribbon differed, being half blue, half scarlet with yellow edges, reflecting the racing colours of King Edward VII.[2] This distinction was bestowed by Edward VII for the Volunteer Long Service And Good Conduct Medal and the honour was extended to long service medals under the Territorial designations.[9]


Ronald Report 10 May 2020 16:14

Hello Maddie, thanks for this information. We're not sure how long he was in the TA. He's no longer with us obviously and didn't leave any details. Thank you for looking for us. Stay safe.