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    I recently came across refence to a British Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19 in one my books on WW1 era medals, What was it issued for?

    jb floyd

    The TFWM went to members of the Territorial Forces before 30 September 1914 who had already served at least 4 years and who had served outside the UK during the war. If the individual qualified for a 1914 or 1914-15 Star, the TFWM was not awarded. So, a scarce medal (34,000 awarded).


    So, a person could be awarded this medal along with the British war medal 1914-19 and WW 1 Victory medal (?) or did they have to serve outside the war zone i.e. Europe/Africa (?), like in Asia, South Pacific, etc..


    The medal was worn immediately after the War Medal and the Victory Medal. This could include war service.

    I have a Territorial Force War Medal to 4398 Sapper J. Glimstead, RE. According to his Medal Index Card, his regimental number was later 495145.

    In "Soldiers Died in the Great War", 495145 Sapper John Glimstead, born in Weston-super-mare, Somerset, died on 2 September 1917. He is listed as died of wounds. He served in the 476th Field Company, RE. He is buried at the Wieltje Farm Cemetery in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.



    J glimstead was my maternal great grandfather and I am very interested to hear you may have one of his WW1 medals. How this has ended up in Texas is a mystery that you may be able to solve. My family didn’t know if he had any medals from the conflict.
    We know very little about him during his life as he was killed when my grandfather was only 5 months old. However in 2009 my mother and I visited wieltje in Belgium to visit his war grave. It was very moving and we learned a lot more about him.

    He was fairly old for a serving soldier when he was killed on 2/9/17. However he has an amazing plaque in locking church in Somerset dedicated just to him as he was the only man from his village who was killed. I have seen it and have photos it is very beautiful and takes pride of place in the church. I believe he was a fairly humble gardener so they did him proud.

    If you would like to know anything else I would love to hear from you and I would like to see a photo of the medal if possible.
    I hope to hear from you.


    Ms. Browning,

    I have sent you an email about the medal. I will try and post a photo in the next few days.

    Best wishes,

    John Allgood


    Going off on a tangent here but members will have noted that some units have, in theory, rare or unique TFWM’s…the rolls were created at the end of the Gt War and show the mans or women’s last or current unit…but most members will be aware the medal will be named to the unit for which one qualified for the medal, for example the ‘unique’ AEC individuals TFWM is actually impressed RA. I have collected RDF medals since childhood and have never seen one named to them, London Irish, Connaughts, R Irish, Inniskilling’s yes on all four counts but never a Dublin’s one! Perhaps one of you will surprise me?

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