Exhibition: Barings and the First World War

3: Barings' staff in action

Shrapnel and high explosive, Shells and hells for me. - Patrick Shaw Stewart

In total 56 staff saw service, of whom 10 were killed or reported missing. A further 11 were seriously wounded. Barings produced a War Service List at the end of the War. In addition a war memorial was installed at the firm's Bishopsgate office.

The three youngest partners in the firm all saw active service. Patrick Shaw-Stewart was the first of Barings' partners to go to war, enlisting in September 1914. Viscount Errington (Rowland Baring) also enlisted in 1914, rejoining the Grenadier Guards before entering the service of the royal household. Windham Baring initially stayed at Barings, clearing up some problems in Argentina. In mid-1915 he joined the Navy and subsequently spent the war in the Mediterranean and the North Sea.

Of the other staff on active service, the majority served in France, but others saw service in locations such as Palestine, Gallipoli, Salonica and the North Sea. Staff served in a number of regiments, with many in different parts of the artillery. Five members of staff served in the new Royal Air Force. Some individuals were recognised for their service with awards. P Babington, who ended the war a colonel in the RAF, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Military Cross. Lionel Hall and Ernest Lyons were also awarded the Military Cross and Herbert Clarke the Military Medal.

Some staff were still in military service by the autumn of 1919. However, in November of that year the staff held a dinner to honour those who had returned from the war and to remember those who had been killed in action.

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