Military Affiliations

We have military affiliations with the HMS Severn, the Royal Military Police, 3 Military Intelligence Battalion (Volunteers), 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), the RAF Police and the Royal Air Force Regiment.

The Company held a luncheon in London on 28 June 2016 to recognise our Service Affiliates during Armed Forces Week as reported here  Affiliates Lunch - 28 June 2016 . This now annual luncheon is designed to celebrate our close and much cherished affiliation with the military units of our three Services.

The Company's NCO Leadership Award, the Ben Flenley Memorial Bowl, is presented annually to a non-commissioned officer of the RAF Regiment who has displayed conspicuous leadership and courage beyond the normal call of duty. 

The Company's RAF Police Award 'Securing the Skies' is presented annually to a member of the RAF Police for outstanding work in support of operational duties.

RAF Regiment

The Company’s first affiliation was with the RAF Regiment in September 2004.  Many of our Members spent time with RAF Regiment Squadrons whilst they underwent special training prior to their deployment on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The photograph shows the winner 2013 RAF Regiment NCO Leadership Award, the Ben Flenley Memorial Bowl, Sgt Jason Verney of No 2 Squadron, RAF Regiment with the then Master Group Captain Brian Hughes who is a former member of the Corps.

HMS Severn

In September 2006 the Court approved the affiliation with HMS Severn, a Royal Naval fisheries protection vessel, forming part of the Fisheries Protection Squadron which patrols the Home Waters of the British Isles, to protect fish stocks and to deal with any fishing vessel trespassing within our waters. Members of the Company have been entertained at various social events on board including a sea patrol to witness first-hand the operational tasks that HMS Severn and her crew perform.

HMS Severn Newsletter November 2016



Royal Military Police

The 2016 winner, Past Master Peter French with the Master and Brig David Neal.


On the 2 January 2007 the Court approved the affiliation of the Company with the Royal Military Police, part of the Adjutant General Corps of the British Army.  The RMP trace their history back to the 17th century when they were given a policing responsibility for the Army when the Army was called for duty. The RMP had a very important role in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where they operated in the front line.  The Master and the Provost Marshal (Army) have each exchanged visits; as have members of the Company to HQ RMP, to establish the affiliation.

In 2011 as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Office of Provost Marshal (Army), WCoSP Liveryman Brigadier Eddie Forster-Knight presented a special sword to the Company and asked that the Sword be awarded annually to the individual, who in the eyes of the Master and the Court, has achieved most to promote and support the work of the Company in that year, excluding the Master and Clerk. Past Master Peter French MBE became the sixth winner of the Award in 2016.

RAF Police

The Court approved the affiliation of the Company with the RAF Police on 30 September 2009. The RAF Police was formed in 1918 and today provides, a key element of integrated Air Force Protection, Policing, Security and Counter Intelligence which protects the physical, intellectual and morale components of air power. The RAF Police is responsible for advising commanders on the threats to the RAF from terrorism, espionage and crime, and recommending and implementing appropriate countermeasures to protect personnel and other critical assets. It also conducts criminal and security investigations and works closely with the civil police and other agencies.   m 305E 181



3 Military Intelligence Battalion (Volunteers)

At a Court of meeting on 27 September 2012, it was agreed 3 Military Intelligence Battalion (Volunteers) (3 MI Bn (V)) should be invited to become an affiliate of our Company.

3 MI Bn (V) is a Territorial Army unit under the operational command of 1 Military Intelligence Brigade, within the Field Army. It is based in London and the South East and is accommodated in the City at Ashford House, TA Centre at 79 Worship Street, London EC2A 2BE.

The photograph shows Lt Col Sue Pillar, CO, 3 MI Bn (V) with the Junior Warden, Stuart Seymour, at the Company's 2012 Common Hall.

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The Bn is highly operationally focussed, with a very large number of its officers and soldiers having completed operational deployments. In the past, the Unit has deployed personnel to Kuwait, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, and Iraq, most recently to Afghanistan and in support of operations in Libya. They also support deployed personnel working within the London area.





101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)

At a Court meeting on 30 September 2015, it was agreed that 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (101 Engr Regt (EOD))should be invited to become an affiliate of our Company.

101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is a hybrid regiment (comprising both regular and reserve squadrons), primarily based in Wimbish, Saffron Walden. The Regiment has a strong operational pedigree, having provided Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal teams to neutralize the threat of German bombs during World War II, whilst more recently its personnel routinely supported operations in Afghanistan, dealing with the pernicious improvised explosive device (IED) at the coalface. The Regiment is currently deployed in Iraq, training Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers in their fight against the so called Islamic State. It also remains involved in rendering safe World War II bombs that continue to be discovered around London.

The reserve squadrons, 221 Field Squadron and 579 Field Squadrons provide high assurance search from their centres at Catford and Tunbridge Wells respectively.