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The Stockbrokers’ Battalion, (officially the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers) is now generally acknowledged as the first Pals-type battalion to have been formed. Major Robert White, encouraged by his friend, General Henry Rawlinson, appealed to City of London firms to raise enough men to form a battalion. Within a week in late August 1914, 1,600 men had responded and the Stockbrokers’ Battalion, (initially known simply as The City Battalion) was born.

The battalion comprised officer-class stockbrokers serving alongside clerks and office boys from well-known institutions including the Stock Exchange and Lloyds, as well as a host of smaller businesses. This collection comprises around 1300 records

Photo courtesy Paul Reed – Great War Photos