1914 Tower timeline
29 August 1914
1,600 men take their Oath of Allegiance at the Tower to join the Army and form the ‘Stockbrokers’ Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
15 September 1914
The 2nd Scots Guards leave the Tower and are deployed to the Western Front.
From 15 September 1914
The Artists Rifles troops guard the Tower and are trained here before being deployed themselves.
They are replaced on 15 October by the Cinques Ports Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment.
19 October – 22 November 1914
The First Battle of Ypres. The 2nd Scots Guards who left the Tower on 15 September fight in this battle.
6 November 1914
Carl Hans Lody becomes the first spy to be executed at the Tower. He is executed by a firing squad of Grenadier Guards.
The Artists Rifles at the Tower, with thanks to the Artists Rifles Association
Recruits swearing in to join the Royal Fusiliers at the Tower of London © Getty Images
2nd Battalion Scots Guards leaving the Tower © Imperial War Museum
The Artists Rifles training at the Tower, with thanks to the Artists Rifles Association
The 2nd Battalion Scots Guards on the western front © Imperial War Museum