A Very Special Event in 2018Published on: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Event date: Friday, June 1, 2018
A Very Special Event in 2018
Open to Members of the Three Rooms Club
If you would like to register your interest in participation in this event please contact Martin Robinson
We remember those members of the Lloyd’s community who lost their lives in the First WORLD WAR
AS we approach 2018, 100 years since the end of the Great War, it is appropriate As for us in the Lloyd’s Community to remember the fallen and we will do that by visiting the resting places of as many as possible of those men listed in John Hamblin’s book.
John Hamblin’s book can be downloaded from…
We will pay our respects on behalf of the Lloyd’s community
In November 2014 John Nelson, Chairman of Lloyd’s wrote an introduction to John Hamblin’s book that detailed the members of the Lloyd’s community who lost their lives in the First World War.
In his introduction to the book John Nelson wrote:
This book, brilliantly researched by John Hamblin is another act of remembrance. It is the story of the Lloyd’s men who did not return from the First World War.
Like every organization in Britain, Lloyd’s was deeply affected by world War One. The market’s strong connections with the Territorial Army led to hundreds of underwriters, brokers, members and staff being mobilized within weeks of war being declared on 4th August 1914. Many of those who could not take part in actual combat relinquished their business duties in order to serve the country in other ways.
Despite the numbers of men who committed themselves to the war effort, business continued. The Great War saw the introduction of new technology, such as submarines, airships and planes, which presented new challenges when assessing risks at sea, in the air and on land.
Lloyd’s long tradition of philanthropy was evident during the Great war. Over £100,000 was given to the Red Cross societies, £46,000 was donated to assist the Young Men’s Christian Association with the provision of canteens and huts; £115,000 was contributed to the Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund to help the relatives of soldiers and sailors. £38,000 was given to the French to fund ambulances at the time of the defence of Verdun.
But this book is the story of the Lloyd’s men who fought. Many joined the County of London Regiment, either the 5th Battalion (Known as the London Rifle Brigade) or the 14th Battalion (known as the London Scottish). By June 1916, when compulsory military service was introduced, 2485 men from Lloyd’s had undertaken military service. Tragically, many did not return. This book honours those 214 men. Nine men from Lloyd’s fell in the first day of the battle of the Somme. The list of those who were killed contains members of the famous family firms that dominated Lloyd’s at the outbreak of war – Willis, Poland, Tyser, Walsham.
This book is a labour of love by John Hamblin who is well known to the market as the active Underwriter of Cathedral Syndicate 201. I am indebted to him for the hours he has spent chronicling this record, which is an important addition to the Lloyd’s archive. John has spent almost 40 years (and counting!) in the Lloyd’s market and is well known for his underwriting, In future, we shall also know him as a historian.
In this book, John has made the names which are engraved on the Lloyd’s war memorial come back to life. Their stories are both inspirational and tragic and above all a reminder of the horror of the First World War.
Chairman of Lloyd’s 11 November 2014
As we approach 2018, 100 years since the end of the Great War, it is appropriate for us in the Lloyd’s Community to remember the fallen and we will do that by visiting the resting places of as many as possible of those men listed in John Hamblin’s book.
We will pay our respects on behalf of the Lloyd’s community.
1,2, 3 & 4 June 2018
Lloyd’s Community members and guests.
Members and their guests will use their own cars for the trip covering a 3 night/4 day period in June 2018 in France and Belgium.
The trip will include a visit to the Thiepval, and the Menin Gate for the 20:00 hrs evening ceremony followed by a special tribute evening meal on the Sunday in Ypres. We have secured the Menin Gate ceremony for Lloyd’s of London where we will be joined by members of the Charterhouse Choir.
Trip will be at participant’s expense.
Payment up front and settled on booking. Based on 2 sharing a room, breakfast and evening meals priced at £500 subject to any minor adjustment upwards on return or if a downward adjustment the excess to charity. Participant will pay all additional costs including their own travel costs.
There are 178 fallen in France and Belgium in exactly 100 cemeteries.
The Cars will be split into teams and each team will be assigned a group of cemeteries to visit each day.
They will be responsible for working out an optimum route between each location and to place a Cross at each headstone or memorial.
A photographic record will be made of each visit.