The 10th (Stockbrokers’) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, can genuinely claim to be the first of the many Great War Pals Battalions, and this long 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 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 and instruments for the Battalion’s 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.
Particularly poignant are the words of Battalion members from when it was formed in London in August 1914 until the end of the War. Many come from personal diaries and letters written at the time but the author also uses the War Diary of the Battalion and accounts of events written by participants after the War
STOCKBROKERS’ BATTALION IN THE GREAT WAR A History of the 10th (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers
The Stockbrokers’ Battalion can justly claim to be the first of the volunteer Pals’ Battalions of the Great War. Its members ranged from wealthy bankers like the Rothschilds, to humble clerks in the City of London. The Battalion fought throughout the war on the western front from July 1915 to the Armistice. This long overdue history tells its story.
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