579 Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (Volunteers)
The Company’s first affiliation was with the Army; with 873 Movement Light Squadron RE (V) Territorial Army Unit. When the affiliation came about in 1987 it affiliated the Company with the sole searchlight unit in the British Army. In 1992 the Army decided that it no longer needed searchlights and the role of the squadron changed from searchlights to explosive ordinance disposal (EOD – or bomb disposal in layman’s language) and became part of 101 (London) Engineers Regiment (EOD) (V).
In 1999 with continuing changes by the Government in the Territorial Army and at the request of the Commanding Officer of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment the Court agreed to transfer their affiliation to 579 Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (Volunteers) based in Tunbridge Wells. The Regiment has, over the recent years, had members posted to all the major world hot-spots where the British Servicemen have served, including Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Lightmongers’ Army Military Merit Award for excellence is sponsored by Liveryman Bob Harris with the Award being presented by the Master and the Sponsor at the Lightmonger Awards Dinner, usually held in March of each year. The nominations for the Award are made by the Commanding Officer of 579 Field Squadron.