- Territorial Decoration
Infobox Military Award
name= Territorial Decoration
The United Kingdom
type= Medal (Decoration)
eligibility= Territorial Force, and later the Territorial Army - Commissioned Officers
for= "Granted for a minimum of 20 years commissioned service, with service in the ranks counting half and war service counting double."
status= This award:
Volunteer Officer's Decorationin the United Kingdom.
*Was superseded by the
Volunteer Reserves Service Medal
description= as follows:
*Ribbon = 38mm plain dark green with a central yellow stripe.
**Members of the Honourable Artillery Company wore a half blue, half scarlet ribbon, with yellow edges.
*Size = Height 46mm; max.width 35mm
*Shape = Skeletal with crowned monogram of sovereign, surrounded by oak wreath with a ring suspension.
established= 1908 (
caption2=__NOTOC__The Territorial Decoration (TD) was a medal of the
United Kingdomawarded for long service in the Territorial Forceand its successor, the Territorial Army. This award superseded the Volunteer Officer's Decorationwhen the Territorial Forcewas formed in 1908 following the enactment of the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907, (7 Edw.7, c.9) which was a huge reorganisation of the old Volunteer Army and the remaining units of militiaand Yeomanry. The TF was formed on 1 April, 1908. It should be noted that the Militiawere transferred to the Special Reserverather than becoming part of the Territorial Force. Recipients of this award were entitled to the post-nominal letters "TD" after their name.
The criteria were for a minimum of 20 years service in the
Territorial Forceand Territorial Army, with war service counting double and service in the ranks counting half. In 1930 the new Efficiency Decorationwas introduced to be awarded to all three services, but when the ED was awarded to a Territorial Army officer it continued to be known as the Territorial Decoration and the recipient still used the letters TD after their name. ["New Decoration and Medals", " The Times", 18 October 1930] It was finally replaced by the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal, awarded to all ranks in all services, in 1999.
Honourable Artillery Company
. [ [http://www.hac.org.uk/html/about-the-hac/unique-features-of-the-hac/?PHPSESSID=9ed42c54191317cd20 www.hac.org.uk] ]
Note that this medal is separate from the
Territorial Force Imperial Service Badge.
The equivalent award for the ranks was the
Territorial Force Efficiency Medal(1908–1921), the Territorial Efficiency Medal(1921–1930), and the Efficiency Medal(1930–1999).
J M A Tamplin, "The Territorial Decoration, 1908-1930", (1983), (Spink: London)
* [http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/militia_vol_territorial/mvt28_1.html Queens Royal Surrey regiment - Territorial Decorations and Medals]
* [http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/archives/churchill_papers/biography/churchill_chronology.php On Churchill being awarded a TD]
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