The City of London Branch was started by some former members of the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR), Bermondsey, London in 1983.
Bob Richmond BEM, who had been the Unit Sergeant Major, together with Terry Smith, Bill Reynolds and John ‘Doc’ Smith explored starting a Branch during a meet as guests in the Sergeant’s Mess Bermondsey.
In the mid 1970s some former Royal Marines (RM) of all ranks held an informal get together as The City of London Royal Marines Club, The Swan Pub, Ships Tavern Passage in Leadenhall Market, once a month.
The only Club function was an annual Cocktail Party at Lloyds since one of the members, Tony Richards, was a former Quartermaster Sergeant RM who just happened to run Lloyds Pension Fund.
As an Official Royal Marine Association (RMA) Branch now existed, The City of London Royal Marines Club, moved over to the RMR with Lieutenant General Sir Steuart Pringle Bt. KCB, DSc., LLB the former Commandant General RM as their President and Rev Basil Watson, Royal Navy, the Vicar of St Lawrence-at-Jewry-next-Guildhall as the Chaplain.
The well attended monthly meetings were held in the Sergeant’s Mess at Bermondsey and supported by all members of RMR London and soon came to be recognised by many other City of London organisations.
The strong relationship between the Branch and RMR London has been the key to the success of the City of London Branch
The President provides advice and support to the Chairman, Committee and members of the Branch.
The Committee under the guidance of the Chairman are the governing body of the City of London Branch and responsible for making decisions in the best interest of the Branch.