Honourable Artillery Company

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The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) is the oldest regiment in the British Army with a long history of tradition and excellence. HAC soldiers take great pride in their ability to switch quickly and seamlessly between serving their country on operations and performing ceremonial duties in the City of London.

Facts & Figures

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Active from

1537

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Role

SURVEILLANCE, RECONAISSANCE AND FIELD ARTILLERY

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Specialism

SURVEILLANCE & RECONAISSANCE PATROLS; LIGHT INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE & RECONAISSANCE; CLOSE SUPPORT ARTILLERY.

Our skills

The HAC offers an unrivalled variety of roles.  Whichever you choose, you will face unique challenges and learn new skills.

  • Surveillance & Reconnaissance Patrol Soldier
  • Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Soldier
  • Light Gun Operator
  • Communication Information Systems Operator
  • Artillery Logistician
  • Bugler or Drummer
  • Musician 

Our deployments

Operations

Over the past 15 years, over 280 HAC soldiers have deployed on operations.  These have included:

  • Kosovo
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • London Olympic Games

More recently HAC soldiers have deployed to:

  • Bosnia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Cyprus
  • South Sudan

Overseas Training

The HAC has excellent access to unique, cutting-edge training, delivered across the globe.  In recent years HAC soldiers have trained in the following locations:

  • Cyprus
  • Canada
  • Malaysia
  • Kenya

In 2017 the Regiment deployed to the US to train alongside the Californian National Guard.  This year we are planning a training exercise in Japan.

Our People

Dmr Hussein Sadiq – Student, Army fencer currently training for the Tokyo Olympics. Soldier in A (1st City of London) Battery, HAC and a Drummer in the Corps of Drums.
LSgt Sophie Montagne – one of the seven Ice Maidens; an Army team that became the first all-female expedition to ski across Antarctica using muscle power alone. Light ISR soldier in 2 Sqn.
2Lt Tim Monger-Godfrey – Investment Fund Manager by day – joined the HAC in 2013, promoted Lance-Corporal in 2016 and then underwent officer selection, commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in 2018. Currently commands Aden Troop in 3 Sqn.

Our Location

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The HAC occupies Finsbury Barracks, a single location in the City of London.  The barracks is located on City Road, between Moorgate and Old Street tube stations, where all members of the Regiment train collectively every week.  We recruit from across London and the south east of England.

Honourable Artillery Company
Finsbury Barracks
City Road
London
EC1Y 2BQ

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Our Role

The HAC is the Army Reserve’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Regiment; it exists to support the Regular Army on operations. We work closely and train with our two paired regiments; 5th Regiment Royal Artillery and 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

WHAT ROLES ARE ON OFFER?

The HAC offers an unrivalled variety of roles. Whichever you choose, you will face unique challenges and learn new skills. To find out more, please come down to one of our recruiting presentations held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at Finsbury Barracks. Arrive at 18.30 for a 19.00 start.

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Surveillance & Reconnaissance Patrol Soldier
You will operate in small, specialist teams and deploy covertly to identify high value targets, carry out surveillance and gather information.

Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Soldier
You will collect vital intelligent using electro-magnetic optics to identify activity in poor light, man-portable radars that can detect movement in thick cover, and counter-mortar radars that will locate hostile artillery before their shells have even landed. 

Gun Operator
You will use the 105mm Light Gun. Your close training relationship with 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery means you can attempt the All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection (P Company).

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Communication Information Systems Operator (Signaller)
As a Signaller, you will become the lynchpin in any headquarters, operating in a complex and dynamic environment.  You will use the latest military communication and information systems, and help the commander communicate to remote stations sometimes hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.

Artillery Logistician
You will sustain other elements of the Regiment in the field.  You will have the opportunity to gain LGV driving licenses and learn a variety of cross-country driving skills and the tactical skills necessary to protect the troops and the equipment that are part of your convoy.

 

 

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Bugler or Drummer
Members of the Corps of Drums are soldiers first and foremost, and can be drawn from any part of the HAC, but they predominantly comprise Gunners of ‘A’ Battery. To be a Drummer, you will learn to play the bugle and fife, or a drum.

Musician
You will already play one or more musical instruments to a high standard when you join the HAC Band. Your colleagues are some of the most talented and highly trained musicians in the British Army and you will often find yourself supporting state ceremonial events.

Ceremonial Soldier
All Soldiers will have the privilege of firing Gun Salutes at the Tower of London on state ceremonial events such as Royal Birthdays, march in the annual Lord Mayor’s Show, form the Guard of Honour when foreign Heads of State visit London and lots more besides. 

The Honourable Artillery Company is the oldest regiment in the British Army and the second most senior unit of the Army Reserve.

  1. 1537 Formation of the HAC

    King Henry VIII authorised the formation of “Ye Fraternitie or Guylde of Artillary of Longbowes, Crosbowes and Handegonnes” making the HAC the oldest regiment in the British Army.

  2. 1900 The Boer War

    The HAC’s first overseas operational deployment – as part of the City Imperial Volunteers. It provided most of the officers and all the gunners of this multi-cap badge formation drawn from across the Volunteer Regiments of the City.

  3. 1907 Territorial Force

    The Territorial and Reserve Forces Act was passed and the HAC was invited to join the new Territorial Force (later the Territorial Army). The following year, the Honourable Artillery Company Act was passed, protecting the HAC’s civilian rights, property and privileges and the regiment duly became part of the TA.

  4. 1914 -1918 The Great War

    The HAC mustered three battalions of infantry and five batteries of artillery. The Regiment served in France, Flanders, Italy and the Middle East. Two Victoria Crosses were awarded to HAC officers for their actions at Gavrelle, during the Battle of Arras in France 1917.

  5. 1939-1945 World War II

    The HAC mustered four regiments of artillery – 11th, 12th and 13th Regiments Royal Horse Artillery and 86th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery – serving in North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. In addition the Regiment was responsible for an Officer Training Corps, providing commissioned officers to Regiments across the British Army.

  6. 1995 onwards Operational deployments

    The first HAC operational deployment since WWII was to Bosnia in 1995. Every year since then has seen HAC soldiers deployed – to Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Cyprus and elsewhere.

Our location

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    Honourable Artillery Company Finsbury Barracks City Road London EC1Y 2BQ

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