RICS at 150
Pride in the Profession
Showcasing the positive impact surveyors have made to society.
The First World War does not appear in the transactions of the Surveyors' Institution (as RICS was then called) until November 1914, as the previous meeting had been in May - before the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the outbreak of hostilities.
By the end of the war in 1918, the Surveyors' Institution had lost 271 men, according to the Annual Report in May 1919, but its outbreak is marked in a solemn Edwardian style by RICS' President at the time, Howard Chatfield Clarke.
On no previous occasion, since the foundation of The Institution, has it fallen to the lot of your President to deliver his Opening Address in circumstances such as those which now surround us and fill our every thought. I need therefore, offer no apology for saying a few words about the great European war in which our country had been involved.
Howard Chatfield Clarke
He goes on to talk about the members and institution staff who have already been called up from the territorial forces and those who have enlisted and he mentions the role the institution was playing in the Professional Classes War Relief Council which had been set up to co-ordinate the work of all the professional bodies’ benevolent funds. Even by the date of this address, 9 November 1914, six members had died including three on the same day at Ypres.
Our Head of Reference Services, Cathy Linacre, has compiled a Roll of Honour of the men who died during the First World War including their membership status and employment before the war, their rank and regiment during the war and when and where they died and are buried.
If you would like to find out more, or have any queries on similar matters, get in contact with Cathy.
Head of Reference Services
Cathy is the Head of Reference Services at the RICS which encompasses the library service and London Bookshop. The library acts as the archive as well as delivering online resources to members to enable then to access information 24/7 wherever they are in the world.