Discover your ancestor who fought in the First World War. The records include the names of those who were employees of the London Stock Exchange and died for King and Country. Read short biographies about your ancestor’s life and, in some cases, testimonies from fellow soldiers and commanding officers. Both men and women are recorded in this memorial roll.
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The Earl of Balfour unveiled the Stock Exchange memorial on 27 October 1922.
Due to the First World War and the subsequent fear surrounding borrowed money being called in, the Stock Exchange closed at the end of July 1914. As a result of the closure, the Stock Exchange Battalion of Fusiliers was formed for the 1,600 who volunteered service. The Stock Exchange did not reopen until 4 January 1915, with several restrictions in place.
An independent unit, officially named the 10th Battalion, was formed in the financial sector of London in 1914. It is known as the Stockbrokers’ Battalion and some of the men in this memorial roll were part of that battalion. You can also search our Royal Fusiliers, Stockbrokers’ Battalion 1914-1918 record set, linked to in the Useful Links & Resources section, to find additional members of the 10th Battalion.
Lieutenant Harry Brodrick Chinnery
Lieutenant Chinnery of the King's Royal Rifle Corps and son of W. M. Chinnery of Hatchford Park, Cobham, Surrey, was born in 1876. He was educated at Eton and became well-known in the world of cricket, having played for Eton in 1894-95 and as a regular member of both the Surrey and Middlesex Eleven.
Chinnery became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1898 and was a partner in his father’s firm, Chinnery Bros.
Following the announcement of war, Chinnery volunteered for service and was given a commission with the 13th (Service) Battalion of the 60th (King’s Royal Rifles).
On 28 May 1916, he was killed while serving in France. His Company Commander described the circumstances of his death as follows: 'He was in the middle of his men, encouraging them in a moment of danger. He was killed by the last shell fired at a night working party which was advancing our line nearer to the enemy. It was a trying night, and he did splendidly all the earlier part of it in keeping them at their work and keeping up their spirits'.
Other testimonials are included, including words from his Colonel who said of Chinnery, 'He will be greatly missed by his brother-officers and the men of his Company, while by his death the Battalion has lost a valuable officer whom it would be difficult to replace'.
Lieutenant Ambros Constantine Ionides
Son of Alexander Ionides, Consul-General for Greece, was killed on 16 October while working in front of the trenches with a wiring party. The mist that the party had been working under suddenly lifted; Ionides ordered his men to lie down. While ensuring that all his men had heard his order, he became visible to the Germans and was killed.
Ionides was born in 1878 and studied at Eton. In 1900, he became a member of the Stock Exchange and joined the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps after the outbreak of war. The following January, he received a commission for the 15th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Ionides was sent to the Front in August 1915. He was married in 1911 and left behind a son and daughter.
His platoon sergeant wrote this of Lieutenant Ionides: 'He was loved by his men for his kindness, his bravery and his many soldierly qualities. He set us a good example of coolness under fire, and his platoon was willing and ready to follow him anywhere'.