3 June 2009
721276 Bombardier John Gracie, Royal Field Artillery
From left to right, above (in incorrect order): Efficiency Medal (EM), Territorial Force Efficiency Medal (TFEM), Territorial Force War Medal (TFWM) Victory Medal (VM) British War Medal (BWM). The correct order should be: TFWM, BWM, VM, TFEM, EM.
The Territorial Force War Medal is the least common of the Great War campaign medals. Instituted in 1920, some 33,944 TFWMs were awarded to members of the Territorial Force and Territorial Force Nursing Service. To qualify, servicemen and women had to either be members of the Territorial Force when war was declared on 4th August 1914 or members who had completed four years' service or more prior to August 4th 1914 and who had rejoined before September 30th 1914. In addition, they had to have a) volunteered to serve overseas before September 30th 1914 b) actually served overseas between 4th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 c) did not qualify for the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star.
John Gracie's medals are inscribed to 3050 Gunner John Gracie on the British War and Victory Medals and 3050 Driver John Gracie on the TFWM. The TEM and TFEM are inscribed to 721276 Bombardier John Gracie.