Armed Forces and Cadets Committee
Chairman: Court Assistant Hugh West
For centuries, it has been the tradition of City Livery Companies to form links with units of the Armed Forces. For many years our company has maintained strong links with 151 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, London’s only logistic regiment. More recently we adopted the Combined Cadet Force at St Dunstan’s College in Catford and entered into an affiliation with HMS ST ALBANS, the last of the Type 23 frigates built for the Royal Navy, based at Portsmouth.
As well as supporting a variety of fellowship activities, outreach and donating prizes to our military partners, events attended and planned each year include Officers’ Mess guest nights, Subalterns’ Evenings, capability exercises at sea, contingent dinners, cocktail receptions, curry evenings and extensive professional military briefings.
Susan Rawlinson (Secretary)
Andy Robinson (Vice Chairman Navy)
Helen Owen (Vice Chairman St Dunstan's)
Graham Storey (Liaison RAF Potential)
Mike West (Vice Chairman Army)
Ex Officio Committee Members
CO 151 Regiment RLC
Liaison Officer 151 Regiment RLC
CO HMS ST ALBANS
Liaison Officer HMS ST ALBANS
Head of Army Section and Corps of Drums, St Dunstan’s College
We are part of the Company’s Aim Three:
‘Giving back both financially and in-kind, and making a contribution to the development of marketing.’
History of Affiliations
Affiliations came about because In Tudor times it was Livery Companies that supplied the Trained Bands of soldiers from the ranks of their apprentices. These Trained Bands protected the City from dastardly Spanish marauders during the Armada threat and fought during the Civil War.
Indeed Liveries have supplied volunteer soldiers during most conflicts since the first Elizabeth was on the throne. However, these days, the links between them and us are more peaceful and our exchanges are more likely to be across the dinner table than on the field of battle! However, 151 does trust us with weapons at times and we have even been known to drive terrifyingly militaristic vehicles on occasion too!
HMS St Albans has extended hospitality to over 175 Marketors and their guests including a few extended trips at sea, in very modest accommodation, where those that went on board realise what an important and sophisticated role HMS St Albans plays in the defence of the Country and our role as responsible affiliates.
St Dunstan’s College Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
The College, of which Past Master and Aldermanic Sheriff Sir Paul Judge is an old boy and Chair of Governor, is, rightly, very proud of its CCF, many of whom have been seen by our members either as part of a carpet guard at Mansion House when we are invited there, or marching with our float at the Lord Mayor’s Show, which they have done for the past three years.
The aim of the CCF, which is very popular with College students, is to give cadets the chance to learn more about themselves and the world around them through activities that are challenging, worthwhile and fun. The activities are designed to develop qualities of leadership, endurance, resourcefulness, self-reliance, responsibility, and a sense of public service.
There are currently over 200 cadets on the roll, most choosing to stay with the CCF until they leave College for university. They are ably led by Contingent Commander Major Richard Davies and our Liaison Officer, Head of Army Section and Corps of Drums, St Dunstan's College, Captain Phillips..
151 Regiment The Royal Logistics Corps
151 Regiment RLC is the only London-based logistic regiment and can trace its origins back to the formation of the Royal Waggon Train in Croydon in 1801. Today it operates as part of 101 Logistic Brigade, providing squadron and troop level capability into two regular units: 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and 3 Logistic Support Regiment RLC.
Previously a Territorial Army unit, its direct forebears include a number of Essex, Home Counties and London-based Divisional Columns of the Royal Army Service Corps, which provided essential logistic support during both the Boer War and the First World War; the names of some of the latter units can be found on the Guards division memorial on Horse Guards Parade.
The Regimental Headquarters and HQ Squadron are based in Croydon, with three transport squadrons located inside the M25 at Sutton, Barnet and Southall. A fourth transport squadron sits just outside the M25 at Warley in Essex. Previously in a petroleum role, this squadron remains the only 151 squadron with a detached Troop, based in Maidstone, Kent.
By virtue of its location and forebears, the heritage of this Troop can be traced back to the Royal West Kent Regiment and it has the proud honour to be the custodian of a West Kent’s battle colour (flag) dating back to the Regiments’ service in the Indian sub-continent in the mid 1800s.
As can be seen, history and heritage are very important to the Regiment; hence the high store that it places on its formal linkage with the Marketors as a City Livery Company.
151 Regiment RLC continually recruits men and women aged 18-43 into its ranks of up to 500 soldiers and officers. It is these soldiers who stand ready to serve the nation, whether supporting national events such as the Olympics, major civil incident assisting the emergency services or on operational deployments overseas. The last deployment of soldiers to Afghanistan was at the end of 2013, a fitting final deployment commanded by one of the Regiment’s own Army Reserve officers.
There are some remarkable people in 151, the vast majority being ‘citizen soldiers’ who, with the support of their families and employers, successfully balance competing demands in the form of evening and weekend military training and the occasional six-month operational deployment. No wonder, therefore, that some consider them to be ‘twice a citizen’, even though when you might meet them day-to-day they would appear to be every-day builders, truck drivers, police officers or office workers.
151 is one of the few Army Reserve regiments selected to operate as part of the Army’s ‘Reaction Force’ from 2016 onwards, a true reflection on the quality of its people. Nevertheless, whilst continually adapting to meet the challenges of the future, it remains proud of its heritage, its affiliation to the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Marketors.
Many Marketors have experienced their training including field activities in Salisbury Plane and on the ranges. One of the highlights each year is their splendid curry evening which is on Monday 15th October 2018 at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City.
The Commanding Officer is Lt Col Mike Taylor MBE RLC and our Liaison Officer is the Adjutant, Captain Gavin Randell RLC.
HMS St Albans
We were amazed, honoured and delighted to be asked to consider an affiliation with HMS St Albans, as they are also affiliated with the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, a ‘slightly older’ and larger Company. However, we have taken to our duties with gusto and have made several trips to see her in action and in dock and have invited several of her officers to Great Events along with leaders of our other affiliations.
The ship is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy and the sixth ship to bear the name. She is also the sixteenth and final ship in the ‘Duke’ class of frigates and is based in Portsmouth.
In late 2013, a new Ship’s Company began to join and when St Albans proceeded to sea in the spring of 2014 after a £25M refit she was at full strength.The build-up of the Ship’s Company is an extremely important part of any refit and signals the start of the ‘regeneration’ of the warship before deployment.
HMS St Albans re-dedication service was held in Portsmouth in 2014 and the Master, all the Wardens and a number of Marketors were in attendance. Later, the Ship visited London where Marketors were invited to a capability demonstration and the Master and three other Marketors joined the Ship as she sailed from the Pool of London to Rotterdam and a similar visit was held in 2015 with Marketors on board Marketors for her return to Portsmouth and later they were invited on board to watch the ‘America’s Cup’ races at close quarters.
HMS St Albans left Home Waters on 30th November 2015 for a nine month operational deployment in the Mediterranean and on Operation Kipion in the Gulf two Marketors joiner her in Cyprus on her return in August 2016.
Marketors were invited to their affiliate’s dinner in the hanger on-board in October 2016 on her return.
Whilst each and every member of the team is hugely valued, the joining of the Commanding Officer is a significant event. Commander Chris Ansell RN, took command in December 2016 from Commander Rich Hutchings RN.
HMS St Albans is currently the Fleet Ready Escort is at short notice to react to any maritime threat to the UK including terrorism and smuggling of arms or narcotics and the like. The Fleet Ready Escort will spend the majority of the year in and around UK waters conducting training and exercises with various UK and military agencies and organisations.
In January 2017 she escorted Escorting the Russian Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the guided missile cruiser Petr Velikiy through the English Channel and continued northwards to the west coast of Norway.
The Ship is commanded by Commander Chris Ansell RN. Our Liaison Officer is the Principal Weapons Officer (Above Water), Lt Aaron Revell RN.
A 385 page book with over 500 photographs, maps and drawings is available to download – Guide to HMS St Albans (March 2018) from the Chairman below.
Marketors Prizes 2017
HMS St Albans
Whilst in dry-dock, on Thursday 22nd June 2017, Liveryman Andrew Robinson, Freeman Stewart Shuttle, Liveryman Keith Rowland and Chairman AFCC, Court Assistant Hugh West, attended the Ship’s prize giving ceremony. The 2017 Marketors Cup is awarded annually to a member of the Ship’s Company who has done most to raise the profile of HMS ST ALBANS and/or the Royal Navy and this year was presented to Lt Jenny Reid RN at a ceremony on the Fight Deck of HMS St Albans together with a miniature sword and a cheque from the Marketors Trust. She is now ADC to the admiral. The other prizes, including the Haberdashers Cup and the Ship’s Sponsor, Lady Susie Essenhigh’s Plate, were awarded, by the ship’s captain, Cdr Chris Ansell RN and Read Admiral Alex Burton RN, an alumni of St Dunstan’s college, who is Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ships) with Sir Robin Knox-Johnson CBE, RD and bar, in attendance.
Marketors prize, citation and cheque were awarded to WO2 Tomas Stringer who has supported most of the 151 Regiment-Marketors field activities. His presentation took part at the annual curry night which attracted over 100 Marketors, Regiment and their guests Regent’s Park Barracks.
Awards are presented, annually, to a member of each of our affiliates, selected by their commanding officers. This usually consists of a miniature sword, a certificate and a cheque.
We encourage our affiliates to reciprocate invitations to their events.
Chairman attended the annual Contingency Dinner in Catford and presented Marketors Sword and Scabbard and miniature sword to Coxswain.
If you’d like to know more please contact the AFCC Chairman Court Assistant Hugh West at email@example.com