This article is about the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal and will explain what the badge was and how it can help you to research a soldier who served in the First World War. This article is one of a series of guides I have written to help you research a soldier who served in the First World War:
- Guides to Researching Soldiers who Served in the First World War
- Guides to First World War British Medals
I also offer a First World War Soldier Research Service.
Territorial Force Efficiency Medal
The Territorial Force Efficiency Medal was instituted in 1908 and was awarded to Non-commissioned officers and men after 12 years service in the Territorial Force, with war service counting as double. Bars were awarded for an additional 12 years service and in 1921 the medal was superseded by the Territorial Efficiency Medal in 1921. Officers were awarded the Territorial Decoration.
Records of the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal
The award of the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal appeared in Army Orders with the name, rank, number and corps of a soldier recorded. There are three files at the National Archives which contain photocopied extracts of the Army Orders listing the award the award of the medal:
The Territorial Force Efficiency Medal cards are also available on the subscription website The Genealogist. The page below is part of the “Quarterly List of Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the Territorial Force who have been Awarded “The Territorial Force Efficiency Medal”. This quarterly issue was 22 pages in length and was issued with Army Orders dated 1 July 1911. The soldiers who appear in the issue were divided up by unit and further split between Eastern Command, London District, Northern Command, Scottish Command, Southern Command and Western Command.
Description of the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal
Obverse: An effigy of either Edward VII or George V facing left. In the example shown the Latin legend reads: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN : REX ET IND : IMP: George V, King of all the British Isles and Emperor of India. For Edward VII the Latin legend reads: EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR : Edward VII King Emperor
Reverse: The words Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.
Size: Height 38 mm, width 31 mm.
Ribbon: Plain dark green with a central yellow stripe. However, the ribbon for the Honourable Artillery Company is half blue and half scarlet with yellow edges.
Naming: Impressed naming on the rim.
Number Issued: Just under 50,000 medals were issued.
I have also created other guides to medals found in First World War groups: