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Sources for business history

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

Exhibition - Rothschilds & the First World War

5: French Rothschilds in the field

James Armand de Rothschild (1878-1957)

James managed to enlist successively in three armies: the French, the Canadian and the British.  He ended the war as an officer in the British Army, serving in Palestine as a major in the 39th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (part of the Jewish Legion) under General Allenby and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Henri de Rothschild (1872-1947)

In Paris, Henri, a trained medical doctor and automoibile enthusiast, designed and built ambulances and took them to the Front.  While in charge of the military hospital at Soissons, he invented a portable burns unit for use in battle zones.  After the war, in 1919 he became one of the founders of the Curie Foundation.

Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946) 

Robert had a highly decorated wartime career.  Mobilised at the outbreak of war in August 1914, he spent the early part of the war attached to the 8th Division British Expeditionary Force as an interprete.  His home of Laversine Park was turned into a military hospital where his wife Nelly (1885-1945) nursed the wounded.  the year 1918 bought intensive front line action for Robert, in the Battle of the Lys and later the Third Battle of Picardy.  When the armistice was reached in November 1918 Robert was with the 133rd Division at Chimay, Belgium.  He was fully demobilised on 21 January 1919.  During his service he had been awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.  The Rothschild Archive, London holds the photographic collection of Robert de Rothschild, the majority of which was created during his military service.

Croix de Guerre awarded to Robert de Rothschild for service during the First World War

Croix de Guerre awarded to Robert de Rothschild for service during the First World War