Was your ancestor's conduct recognised in this new collection?
An exciting ‘new’ collection of records has been added to the Forces War Records database that may contain your ancestor. A collection of over 500,000 records for the recipients of the Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal and its later incarnation the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military) across various regiments of the military are now available to view online.
These military records could hold the information you are looking for. Search for a record in this new collection today.
Also included in this unique collection are records from the Volunteer Force Long Service Medal, The Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, Territorial Efficiency Medal and the Efficiency Medal (Territorial) and variations.
Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (LSGC - Military)
The Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (LSGC Military) was awarded for exemplary conduct. It replaced the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Originally the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was awarded to soldiers of exemplary conduct for 21 years in the cavalry, but in 1854 the qualifying period was reduced to 18 years and in 1977 to 15 years. The award of the medal required the recommendation of the individual's commanding officer and it could therefore only be awarded to serving personnel.
Volunteer Long Service Medal
Instituted in 1894 the Volunteer Long Service Medal is an award for long service by other ranks in the part-time Volunteer Force of the United Kingdom, as well as to officers who had served in the ranks but who had not qualified for the award of the Volunteer Officers' Decoration.
Imperial Yeomanry Long Service Medal
The Imperial Yeomanry Long Service Medal was a long service medal awarded by the United Kingdom.
The medal was awarded for 10 years’ service on, or after 9th November 1904 within the Imperial Yeomanry, attending 10 annual training camps and were of good character and conduct.
Authorized by King Edward VII under Army Order No. 211 of 1904, the medal became obsolete when in 1908; the Imperial Yeomanry along with the Volunteer Force were transferred to the newly created Territorial Force. The medal was superseded by the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.
Territorial Force Efficiency Medal
Instituted in 1908 the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal was a medal of the United Kingdom awarded to other ranks for long service in the Territorial Force. This award superseded the Volunteer Long Service Medal when the Territorial Force was formed in 1908.
The silver oval medal was awarded to ‘efficient’ NCO’s and Other Ranks of the Territorial Force who completed twelve years’ service and twelve annual trainings.
The medal was renamed as the “Territorial Efficiency Medal” in 1920. Note that this medal is separate from the Territorial Force Imperial Service Badge. The equivalent award for commissioned officers was the Territorial Decoration.
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Instituted in 1921 the Territorial Efficiency Medal of the United Kingdom was awarded for long service in the Territorial Army. This award 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.
The criteria were for a minimum of 12 years’ service in the Territorial Army with war service counting double.
Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
The Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was a long service medal awarded by the United Kingdom.
In 1908 the reserve forces of Great Britain were reorganised and most of the Militia was incorporated into the new Territorial Force, which went on to become the Territorial Army. Some units, largely based in Ireland, however were left to form a Special Reserve, and this too was granted its own Long Service award, the Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
The Efficiency Medal was awarded to part-time warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men after twelve years of efficient service on the active list of the Militia or the Territorial Army of the United Kingdom, or of the other Auxiliary Military Forces throughout the British Empire.
Instituted on 17th October 1930 the Efficiency Medal it superseded the Volunteer Long Service Medal, the Volunteer Long Service Medal for India and the Colonies, the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal, the Militia Long Service Medal, the Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Territorial Efficiency Medal. It was replaced by the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal in 2000.
Militia Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
The Militia Long Service award was given to NCOs and members of the old country Militia Force who were serving on or after 9th November 1904 of "irreproachable character and conduct" who had amassed 18 years' service (not necessarily continuous) and attended at least 15 annual camps.
The medal was short-lived and it was superseded by the Efficiency Medal with the Militia bar in 1930.