HC Deb 11 May 1922 vol 153 cc2392-3W

asked the Secretary of State for War what were the numbers of the Territorial Force mobilised on 4th August, 1914; if he is aware that Army Order No. 143 prevents the possession of the Territorial war medal by all those pre-War members of the Territorial Force who, by diligence in their military training, fitted themselves to be sent abroad before the end of 1915; and whether he will advise such amendments as will do away with this anomaly?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY

In regard to the first part of the question, the number is approximately 250,000. In regard to the remainder of the question, I am aware that the issue of the medal is restricted to men who are not entitled to the 1914 Star or 1914–15 Star. The object of this rule, as I explained on 14th March last to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Thomson) is to secure that Territorial soldiers shall not earn more medals than the maximum number, namely, three, that can be earned by any Regular soldier.