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WW1 Books: The Stockbrokers’ Battalion

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The Stockbrokers’ Battalion In The Great War: A History of the 10th (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers

By David Carter (Pen & Sword 2014, ISBN 978 1 78303 637 0, 272pp, illustrated, £25.00)

The Royal Fusiliers is one of the most fascinating of First World War regiments; it formed a huge number of battalions and many of them had links to specific locations such as the 22nd (Kensington) Battalion and others to trades or occupations: and that is where the Stockbrokers’ Battalion comes in. Formed in 1914 from those who worked at the Stock Exchange and in City Firms it contained a broad range of men from a variety of backgrounds.

This excellent battalion history follows the Stockbrokers from their formation and training in 1914/15 to the battlefields where they held a so-called quiet sector before taking part in the Battle of the Somme. It then takes the reader through some of the great battles of WW1 from Arras to Flanders, and the final battles of 1918.

The book is well illustrated with many images never before seen in print, and the accounts quoted throughout are relevant and in many cases very vivid and give good insight into the experience of the men who served with the 10th Royal Fusiliers. It is an excellent tribute to an unusual battalion and a fine contribution to the battalion histories being published as part of the Great War Centenary.

The book can be purchased from the Pen & Sword Website.

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Author: ww1centenary

Military Historian & author who works in Television: visiting & interpreting battlefields all over the world. Currently working on WW1 projects for 2014-18.

7 thoughts on “WW1 Books: The Stockbrokers’ Battalion

  1. My grandmother’s fiancée – Ronald Campbell was in one of these Battalions, he was wounded in the Somme and died later. Buried on the Isle of Jura in Scotland where he was the local laird. Still have a book of Rupert Brook war poems dedicated to my grandmother from him.
    She later married my grandfather.

  2. Thank you for the review Paul. Ronald Campbell had a sad end, wounded when so many of the battalion were lost and dying later. I did not know he had a fiancée, more information for my database.

  3. Is this book available at any store in Alaska? Thanks for the review by the way.

    • I suspect so but being in UK have no idea! Google is your friend…

    • Hi Jesse, the book is certainly available on Amazon and my cousin in Vancouver ordered it direct from Pen and Sword, the publishers. Hope you find a copy and enjoy it
      David Carter

  4. Tɦanks for finally talking ɑbout >WW1 Books: Ҭhe Stockbrokers
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  5. David, my Great Uncle Albert Carlisle Brash STK-1723 was a Pte in the 10th Bn RFus he is reported as Killed 25/04/1917, his body was seen by a comrade, but he has no known grave, although I’ve been doing some research and think he may be one of the 10th Bn ‘Unknown dead’ in Chili Trench cemetery (Gavrelle). Unfortunately the cemetery was shelled and a number of graves and wooden crosses were destroyed. He is listed on the Arras memorial. I have one of his medals plus some photos if you are interested in seeing them?

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