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Timeline

2 August 1908 Territorial and Reserve Forces Bill receives Royal Assent
1 April 1908 Territorial Force comes into existence
19 June 1909 King Edward VII presents Colours to 108 Territorial units
4 August 1914 Britain declares war on Germany
5 August 1914 First telegram declaring completion of Territorial mobilisation is received from the Renfrewshire County Territorial Association
10 September 1914 42nd (East Lancashire) Division sails for Egypt
16 September 1914 1/14th London (London Scottish) arrives in France
22 September 1914 1/1st Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars arrives in France
7 October 1914 1/1st Northumberland Hussars lands at Zeebrugge
9 October 1914 43rd (Wessex) Division sails for India
31 October 1914 1/1st London (London Scottish) goes into action at Messines
16 December 1914 Durham Royal Garrison Artillery engages German cruisers off Hartlepool
17 April 1915 Second Lieutenant G H Woolley of the 1/9th London (Queen Victoria's Rifles) wins the first Territorial VC at Hill 60
29 September 1918 46th (North Midland) Division breaks through the Hindenburg Line on the St Quentin Canal
11 November 1918 Armistice is signed on the Western Front
30 January 1920 Churchill issues the 'pledge'
1 February 1920 Recruiting for Territorials reopens after war
1 October 1921 Title of Territorial Army is officially adopted
23 September 1938 TA anti-aircraft units mobilise during Munich crisis
29 March 1939 It is announced that the TA will be doubled in size
26 April 1939 Conscription is re-introduced
21 August 1939 TA anti-aircraft and coastal artillery units are mobilised
1 September 1939 Remainder of TAS is mobilised
3 September 1939 Britain declares war on Germany
16 April 1940 146 Brigade from 49th (West Riding) Division lands at Namsos in Norway
18 April 1940 148 Brigade lands at Aandalsnes in Norway
3 May 1940 Evacuation of British forces from Norway is completed
10 May 1940 Opening of German offensive in the West
3 June 1940 Completion of evacuation from Dunkirk
13 January 1942 First brigade of 18th (East Anglian) Division arrives at Singapore
15 February 1942 Surrender of Singapore to Japanese
22 October 1942 Opening of Second Battle of El Alamein
8 September 1943 Italy surrenders to the western allies
6 June 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy
8 May 1945 VE Day
15 August 1945 VJ Day
1 May 1947 Recruiting for TA reopens after the war
10 March 1955 Anti-aircraft Command disbanded
31 October 1956 Coastal Artillery units disbanded
April 1957 Sandys White Papers announces phasing out of nationals service from 1960
1 April 1959 TA's Golden Jubilee
17 March 1960 Fraser Committee reports on future size of TA
1 May 1961 New reduced TA organisation comes into effect
27 May 1965 Ever Readies join 1st Royal Sussex Regiment in Aden for six month emergency tour
15 December 1965 White Paper outlines savage cuts for the TA
1 April 1967 TA replaced by Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve (TAVR)
7 April 1982 Title of TA revived
25 July 1990 'Options for Change' review is announced
1 April 1997 Reserve Forces Act of May 1996 comes into effect
11 October 2001 First use of 1996 legislation to call up Territorial personnel from 3rd (Volunteer) Military Intelligence Battalion compulsorily
7 January 2003 The 1996 legislation is again invoked for Second Gulf War mobilisation
7 February 2005 The Future Use of the UK's Reserve Forces paper is published outlining the TA's purposes
1 April 2008 TA Centenary

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