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Posted on Monday 11th August

Actors dressed as members of the 10th ('Stockbrokers') Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers have been taking part in a reenactment exercise at the Tower of London, showing men signing up there in August 1914.

By the end of August 1914, over 1,600 new recruits had taken an oath of allegiance at the Tower – where the Fusiliers were based and have their museum today – and joined the 'Stockbrokers' Battalion – the first of the many Great War Pals Battalions.

The Battalion initially recruited young men from the Stock Exchange and City firms. Many could have applied for commissions but were reluctant to spend the time necessary for training. Members of the Stock Exchange from well-known families, like Rothschild and Rubens, served in the ranks alongside clerks from insurance, shipping and banks. The City connection was strengthened when the Lord Mayor, Sir Vansittart Bowater, was made Honorary Colonel in 1914. City Livery companies gave money to provide weapons as well as instruments for the Band.

The Battalion served in France and Belgium from July 1915 until March 1919. They were in action on the Somme and at Ypres. After facing the 1918 German Spring Offensive, they participated in the pursuit of the German Army back through France before ending the war at Charleroi.

You can see the reenactment at the Tower daily until 11 November 1914. For more information on the Stockbrokers Battalion see the Historic Royal Palaces website and David Carter's The Stockbrokers' Battalion in the Great War (Pen and Sword Books, 2014).

Further Reading

The Stockbrokers' Battalion in the Great War

Only £25.00

The Stockbrokers' Battalion in the Great War

(Hardback - 272 pages)
by David Carter

10th (Stockbrokers') Battalion, Royal Fusiliers can genuinely claim to be the first of the many Great War Pals Battalion and this overdue book records its distinguished contribution in text and contemporary images.

The Battalion initially recruited young men from the Stock Exchange and City firms. Many could have applied for commissions but were reluctant to spend the time necessary for training. Members of the Stock Exchange from well-known families, like Rothschild and… Read more...


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