The Corps of Commissionaires’ 150th birthday was hosted in the presence of the Chief Life Governor, Her Majesty The Queen. The event, held at St James’s Palace in London on 9th June saw The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh join staff and customers from The Corps of Commissionaires’ offices all over the world.
The Corps of Commissionaires rebrands to Corps Security, invests in a state of the art CCTV monitoring station which achieves the NSI Gold Award.
The Corps of Commissionaires Papua New Guinea was established employing nationals in security related roles. The company was sold in 2013.
The new, and existing, head quarters of the company was purchased in Farringdon in 1991.
By 1986, over 1000 officers were being placed into permanent roles every year by the company. As the business evolved offices were relocated and a computer system installed to assist future expansion plans.
The Corps of Commissionaires was reorganised dramatically in 1984 in order to ensure its survival. Individual officer’s skills were capitalised.
Commandant Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Walter retired, thus ending an unbroken line of Walter family running the company.
The Corps of Commissionaires became a limited company.
Membership was opened to all the armed and emergency services.
The Corps of Commissionaires weathered the depression in the 1930’s and numbers continued to grow to 5100 colleagues by 1939, however, once again 1355 colleagues left to join the services during World War II.
The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires was established under the same principles as the UK operation. Today the Commissionaires, as they are now known, operates through 15 divisions across all three Canadian territories with over 21,000 members.
The Corps of Commissionaires ranks swelled to 4750, however , the advent of the Great War meant 2145 members left to join the services.
His Majesty King Edward VII consented to head the list of Governors. The reigning sovereign has held the office of Chief of Life Governors ever since.
Captain Edward Walter was knighted.
Australian division formed in Sydney in 1884 and based in Victoria in 1946. Currently an ex-service, welfare and philanthropic organization covering all Australian states.
The Barracks were established in London. The Corps of Commissionaires continued to expand across the UK with Divisions in Belfast in 1876 , and Liverpool in 1880, and Glasgow in 1881, Edinburgh and Manchester 1882, Birmingham 1890, Newcastle 1895, Bristol 1901 and Nottingham 1919.
With the support of HRH Duke of Cambridge, Captain Edward Walter secured the services of a number of distinguished officers as Governors. This body became The Corps of Commissionaires management and remained in place until his death in 1904.
The Corps of Commissionaires established. Captain Edward Walter marched with seven soldiers and one sailor to Westminster Abbey to give thanks to the early success of the movement.
About Corps Security
Corps Security was founded in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter, as a way to provide employment for ex-servicemen on return from the Crimean War. With our motto of ‘loyalty, integrity, service’, we have become the UK’s most established and respected specialist security services provider.
Corps Security (UK) Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Corps of Commissionaires Management Limited which has its Registered Office at 85 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6PF. Registered in England No. 03473589
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