Frank Cyril Tiarks

Frank Cyril Tiarks OBE (also known as FC Tiarks) (Balham, 9 July 1874 Loxton, 7 April 1952) was an English banker.


He was a son of Henry Frederick Tiarks (London, 23 December 1832 - Foxbury, Chislehurst, 18 October 1911), a banker, and wife (London, 11 September 1862) Agnes Morris (Oxford, July/September 1840 - 1923), paternal grandson of Johann Gerhard Tiarks (Jever, 25 May 1798 - Tottenham, 8 March 1858), Chaplain of the Duchess of Kent, and wife (London, 20 October 1825) Emily Phipps (London, 26 May 1798 - London, 6 March 1841), daughter of Josiah Phipps, and great-grandson of Johann Gerhard Tiarks and wife Christine Dorothea Ehrentraut.[1]


Educated on HMS Britannia 1887-89, and served as midshipman in the Royal Navy 1889-94. Resigned his commission following the death of his elder brother, to join his father in business. Among his appointments were a directorship of the Bank of England (1912-1945); a partnership in J. Henry Schröder & Co.; a partnership in the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (1917-1948); and High Sheriff of Kent for 1927.[2] See for genealogy information.

Served in World War I, 1914-18 under Sir William Reginald Hall, Director of Naval Intelligence, in Room 40 Admiralty, as Lieut.-Cmdr.[3]

Of German descent himself, like his wife, he was also listed as a member of the Anglo-German Fellowship, of the British Union of Fascists and in Hitler's 'Black Book'.[4]

Marriage and issue

Tiarks married in Hamburg on 18 November 1899 Emmie (Emmy) Marie Franziska Brödermann of Hamburg, Germany (15 February 1875 – 27 July 1943), daughter of Eduard Matthias Brödermann (Hamburg, 27 February 1842 - Hamburg, 28 February 1904), merchant, and wife (Hamburg, 3 May 1872) Ramona Luisa Clara Ignacia Störzel (Grabow, 2 June 1852 - Hamburg, 24 June 1939); paternal granddaughter of Carl Matthias Brödermann (Hamburg, 28 April 1789 - Eimsbüttel, 10 June 1854), a merchant, married firstly in Havana on 16 March 1828 Anna Oom (Lisbon, 1 September 1787 - Hamburg, 28 February 1837),[5] and second wife (Hamburg, 18 December 1838) Marianne Kunhardt (Hamburg, 10 March 1815 - Eimsbüttel, 23 February 1882) and maternal granddaughter of Heinrich Eduard Störzel (Grabow, 26 September 1819 - Hamburg, 2 April 1885) and wife (Durango, Mexico, 15 December 1847) María Ramona Redo Balmaseda (Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, 14 October 1830 - Brannenburg, 23 October 1914); and great-granddaughter of Johann Hinrich Brödermann, Bürger and shipbroker, and wife Anna Senglemann, Georg Wilhelm Kunhardt and wife Anna Maria Schultz and Diego Redo and wife María Francisca Balmaseda.[6] [7] [8]

His granddaughter, Henrietta Tiarks, The Dowager Duchess of Bedford, is the widow of the fourteenth Duke of Bedford. He is also first cousin third removed of Mark Phillips.


  1. Burke’s Landed Gentry, 1952 ed., sub Tiarks of Foxbury
  2. C.A.H. Franklyn, Genealogy of the Family of Tiarks of Foxbury, Edinburgh, 1969
  6. Nicholas Mander, "Borromean Rings: The Genealogy of the Mander Family", Owlpen, 2011.
  7. Koerner, Dr jur B., with Cutteroth, U.W., and Will, T., Deutsches Geschlechterbuch (Genealogisches Handbuch Bürglicher Familien): Hamburger Geschlechterbuch, band 36, Goerlitz, 1929.
  8. Stammtafel der Familie Brödermann, nach einer auf dem hamburgischen Staatsarchiv befindlichen Aufzeichnung und nach anderen Quellen, Hamburg [privately printed], Sept. 1908 [with revisions to 1912]
  • "The Forgotten Banker", ISBN 9781912236008
  • Nicholas Mander, "Queen of Seven Swords", Owlpen Press, 2013, ISBN 9780954605650 gives a biography with references.
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