Territorial Efficiency Medal
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Territorial Efficiency Medal
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Territorial Efficiency Medal, obverse.pngTerritorial Efficiency Medal,reverse.png
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by The United Kingdom
TypeLong service medal
EligibilityTerritorial Army - other ranks
Awarded forA minimum of 12 years service, with war service counting double
StatusThis award:
DescriptionOval silver medal
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 It superseded the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal when the Territorial Force became the Territorial Army in 1921. It was superseded by the Efficiency Medal in 1930.

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counted double.[4] Bars for further periods of 12 years service were intended but never issued, since the medal was superseded by the Efficiency Medal after 9 years.[5]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]


  1. ^ a b "No. 62529". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 January 2019. p. 327.
  2. ^ a b Captain H. Taprell Dorling. Ribbons and Medals. p. 122. Published A.H.Baldwin & Sons, London. 1956.
  3. ^ "No. 32792". The London Gazette. 2 February 1923. p. 802. (Section 6).
  4. ^ a b "Territorial Force Efficiency Medal". Medal Encyclopaedia (Online Medals). Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Mackay, J., Mussell, J.W., Editorial Team of Medal News, (2005), The Medal Yearbook, page 226, (Token Publishing Limited).
  6. ^ a b John W. Mussell. Medal Yearbook 2015. pp. 233-4. Token Publishing Ltd, Honiton, Devon.ISBN 978-1-908-828-16-3.
  7. ^ Edinburgh Gazette, 22 November 1920, p. 2543, retrieved 2019
  8. ^ D. W. Collett, editor. Medal Year Book 1981. p. 178. Published by Medals Yearbook, London E4.
  9. ^ Honourable Artillery Company website.www.hac.org.uk Archived 2007-10-06 at the Wayback Machine.

Further reading

J M A Tamplin, The Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, 1908-1921 and the Territorial Efficiency Medal, 1922-1930, (1985), (Spink: London)

External links

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