Honourable Artillery Company

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1537 by King Henry VIII and is considered one of the oldest military organisations in the world. Today it is a registered charity whose purpose is to attend to the “better defence of the realm”, this purpose is primarily achieved by the support of the HAC Regiment and a detachment of Special Constabulary to the City of London Police. The word “artillery” in “Honourable Artillery Company” does not have the current meaning that is generally associated with it, but dates from a time when in the English language that word meant any projectile, including for example arrows shot from a bow. The equivalent form of words in modern English would be either “Honourable Infantry Company” or “Honourable Military Company.”

In the 17th century its members played a significant part in the formation of both the Royal Marines and the Grenadier Guards whilst more recently regiments, battalions and batteries of the Company fought with distinction in both World Wars and its current Regiment, which forms part of the Army Reserve, is the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior in the Army Reserve. Members of the Regiment and Specials are drawn, for the most part, from young men and women working in and around the City and Greater London. Those leaving the active units may become Veteran Members and remain within the fraternity of the Company.

Honourable_Artillery_Company (Wikipedia)
Honourable Artillery Company
HAC shortarms crest.gif
Crest and Motto of the Honourable Artillery Company
Active 1087;
chartered 25 August 1537–
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA)
Size One regiment
Part of 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade
Garrison/HQ London
Motto(s) Arma pacis fulcra
(Latin: "Armed Strength for Peace")
March Quick – The British Grenadiers
Slow – The Duke of York
Canter – Bonnie Dundee
Trot – The Keel Row
Walk – The Duchess of Kent
Commanders
Captain-General Her Majesty The Queen
Colonel Commandant General Sir Richard Barrons KCB, CBE
Notable
commanders
Lt. Col. Edward Heath
General Sir Richard O'Connor, KT, GCB, DSO, MC, ADC
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash GuardsTRF.svg
Only worn by Corps of Drums
Plume None
Bearskin cap
Abbreviation HAC

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1537 by King Henry VIII and is considered one of the oldest military organisations in the world. Today it is a registered charity whose purpose is to attend to the "better defence of the realm", this purpose is primarily achieved by the support of the HAC Regiment and a detachment of Special Constabulary to the City of London Police. The word "artillery" in "Honourable Artillery Company" does not have the current meaning that is generally associated with it, but dates from a time when in the English language that word meant any projectile, including for example arrows shot from a bow. The equivalent form of words in modern English would be either "Honourable Infantry Company" or "Honourable Military Company."

In the 17th century its members played a significant part in the formation of both the Royal Marines and the Grenadier Guards whilst more recently regiments, battalions and batteries of the Company fought with distinction in both World Wars and its current Regiment, which forms part of the Army Reserve, is the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior in the Army Reserve. Members of the Regiment and Specials are drawn, for the most part, from young men and women working in and around the City and Greater London. Those leaving the active units may become Veteran Members and remain within the fraternity of the Company.

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