When the Armourers' Company was founded in 1322, the main purpose of its members was the manufacture of armour for combat. Armourers often travelled with soldiers to battle, repairing damaged equipment and making new armour.
As Armourers to the Services, the Company played a special role in the defence of the City of London. In the 16th Century, in recognition of its special responsibility as Armourers to the City's defenders, the Company was exempt from the duty to defend a particular Ward of the City of London as other livery companies were required to do. In the 17th Century the Company shared its hall with the Honourable Artillery Company.
The connection with the Armed Forces persists to this day, notably in the regular support given by the Armourers & Brasiers Gauntlet Trust to the 68th (Inns of Court, City and Essex Yeomanry) Signals Squadron, a squadron of the 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment, and its associated cadet units. The Trust also supports the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps and several military charities, including the Ulysses Trust which supports adventure training for military volunteer reserve and cadet units.
MILITARY PRIZES & AWARDS
Each year the following prizes for excellence are awarded to young servicemen and women.
Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
Prizes are awarded for the following:
Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
The Gauntlet Trust supports the 35 (Whipps Cross) and 31 (Ilford) units of the City of London & North East Sector Army Cadet Force.
Royal Air Force
8 Squadron Royal Air Force
The Master presenting the Company's Armourer's Prize at HMS Collingwood