Long Service & Good Conduct Awards 1831-1979

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This collection comprises of the recipients of the Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal and it’s later incarnation the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military) and also the Volunteer Force Long Service Medal, The Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, Territorial Efficiency Medal and the Efficiency Medal (Territorial) and variations (Ref: WO102/30 to 40).  

LSGC: The conditions for the award of this medal were twofold. Firstly the soldier needed to have 18 years of service, although this figure was originally higher at 21 years. In 1977 this was reduced to 15 years. The second prerequisite – the good conduct aspect of the medal was dependent on the man receiving a recommendation from their commanding officer, as well as their service record passing a detailed check. Minor offences such as having a dirty weapon or losing your ID card, even shortly after joining, could prevent the award of this medal fifteen years later.

There are many highly decorated soldiers who despite their long service never qualified for this award.

VLSM: The Volunteer Long Service Medal was instituted in 1894 as an award for long service by other ranks and some officers of the United Kingdom's Volunteer Force.

Award of the medal was discontinued when it was superseded by the TFEM in 1908.

The qualifying period of service was twenty years and the medal could be awarded upon the recommendation by an individual's present or, if retired, former commanding officer. Service had to have been consecutive, with allowance being made for special circumstances. Officer recipients who were subsequently awarded the Volunteer Officers' Decoration would have to surrender the medal

TFEM: Established in 1908, the medal superseded the VLSM. The medal was superseded by the TEM in 1921 and award was made to NCO's for 12 years service provided 12 annual training camps were attended.



Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Surname
  • First name or initials
  • Service Number
  • Gallantry Awards
  • Regiment or Corps
  • Date of Award of LS.G.C. Medal
  • Remarks about the medal such any reissuing or forfeiture of the medal.

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: National Archives reference WO 102 series.

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