Tuberculosis - a contagious infection much associated with poor social conditions of overcrowding and bad environments. In 1914 the only treatment was isolation of patients in Sanatoriums. In Shropshire the King Edward VII Memorial Sanatorium at Shirlett was opened in 1910. The sanatorium was run by Shropshire County Council specifically for TB patients and . It closed in 1960, many of the buildings still remain, semi derelict and unused.
King's Regulation Paragraph 392 allowed for the discharge, refusal or rejection for army service. There were 30 possible reasons for rejection covering 3 basic categories:
- medical grounds as 'not likely to be an efficient soldier' or 'no longer physically fit',
- irregularly enlisted such as making any false declarations as to age, criminal record or other untruths,
- surplus to military requirements, at the end of period of service and retirement.
The Territorial Force War Medal was approved in April 1920. The medal was awarded to all members of the Territorial Force who volunteered for overseas service not later than 30 September 1914. Recipients had to be serving in the Territorial Force on 4 August 1914 or must have completed four years Territorial Force service before that date and rejoined not later than 30 September 1914.