The Tower during the War

The Tower during the War

City workers are recruited at the Tower

2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Find out about the Tower’s unique role during the war as both a mobilisation and recruitment site for troops, and as a place of execution for spies.

Recruits swearing in to join the Royal Fusiliers © Getty Images

  1. Recruitment and mobilisation
    Over 1,600 City workers swore an oath of allegiance at the Tower to join the ‘Stockbrokers Battalion’.
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  2. Prison and place of execution
    The Tower of London was a prison and execution site for 11 of the spies arrested in Britain during the First World War.
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  3. 1914 Tower timeline
    Discover five key events at the Tower in 1914 when it was used for recruitment, training and as a place of execution.
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