The obverse of this very distinctive antique bronzed oval medal proudly depicts the monogram TA with the year dates 1908-2008 in an oak wreath.
The reverse of the medal features the Army crossed swords symbol and the inscription: ‘Territorial Army Centennial Medal’ in an oak wreath.
The medal ribbon is fitted to a ring suspension with its diagonal green and yellow stripes representing the TA and the blue stripe the period 1967-1979 when the TAVR (Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve) units were formed. This medal is supplied on a concealed single pin, ready to wear.
The passing of the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907 combined the yeomanry and volunteers into the Territorial Force and the first units stood up on 1st April 1908, marking the birth of what we know today as the Territorial Army.
From the Territorial Forces’ mobilisation for the First World War through the Second World War, Korean War, Suez Crisis, Northern Ireland to the more recent operations of today in Iraq and Afghanistan, TA soldiers have been serving side by side with their Regular Army comrades.
The Commemorative Territorial Army Centennial Medal was struck in 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of its formation and is a befitting way to pay tribute and honour the memory of all TA soldiers who served and are serving the nation at home and overseas.