Today in 1914: 1,600 city employees are sworn in to the 10th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, known as the Stockbrokers Battalion, by the Lord Mayor of London in the Tower of London’s moat.
The Stockbrokers Battalion is widely regarded as one of the first ‘Pal’s Battalions’ where men enlisted to serve alongside friends. In July 1915 the Stockbrokers Battalion was sent to France. By end of the war only 50 of the original 1600 were on active service.
Tonight, 100 years on since the Stockbrokers Battalion was sworn in the moat, the present-day Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will honour the names of those who did not return from the battalion, reading out the names of 262 soldiers known not to have returned. The roll of honour will start at 8.40pm and be followed by the last post ceremony.