Montage of photographs of members of our staff who were affected by the First World War

Case studies

The war affected our people’s lives in many different ways. These are some of their stories.

  • Barrow-in-Furness branch

    Ramsden Square, Barrow-in-Furness, in about 1918, with Manchester & Liverpool District Bank's branch on the left © Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Barrow Like all branches, Barrow had to cope with a whole range of new pressures and responsibilities
  • Freund Beaumont

    Freund Beaumont in his navy uniform © RBS Putting his banking experience to good use, Freund became an assistant paymaster in the navy
  • Anthony Buckeridge

    Detail of Anthony Buckeridge's staff record card for The National Bank, 1930s © RBS Anthony was only 4 when his father, a bank clerk, was killed in action
  • Ernest Corkish

    Ernest Corkish's signature on one of his letters to Isle of Man Bank, 1916 Ernest wanted to marry his fiancée before he went to the Front, but needed his employer's permission to do so
  • Edward Davies

    Photograph of Edward Davies, 1920s Edward spent his career, both before and after the war, in the emerging world of international banking
  • Doris Janie Elvidge

    Doris Janie Elvidge's signature on her job application to National Provincial Bank of England, 1916 © RBS Doris was one of the first ‘temporary lady clerks’. Her brother Jabez, also of the bank, was killed in the war
  • John Gruchy

    Letter from John Gruchy reproduced in the bank's staff magazine, 1915 © RBS John was captured in 1914 and spent the rest the war imprisoned in Germany and, later, interned in Switzerland
  • David Wishart Hanna

    David Wishart Hanna David survived ground-breaking surgery after being wounded in France, but died in a motorbike accident while convalescing
  • Bertram Hougham

    Detail of Bertram Hougham's staff card © RBS Bertram was a bank manager in Tonbridge, Kent. His 22-year-old son was killed in action in 1918.
  • The Keeping brothers

    Herbert Keeping (highlighted) as part of a staff cricket team, London & Westminster Bank, 1906 © RBS Edwin, Herbert and John Keeping all worked for the same bank
  • Herbert Alexander Lawrence

    Portrait of Sir Herbert Alexander Lawrence by Oswald Birley, 1930s © RBS Sir Herbert, a partner in one of our private banks, became Field Marshall Haig's Chief of General Staff
  • Walter Leaf

    Photograph of Walter Leaf, 1920s © RBS Walter was deputy chairman of a large bank, and father of an only son away on military service
  • Alan Leatherdale

    Alan Leatherdale's name in the salary register of London County & Westminster Bank Alan served and died in the Bankers’ Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers
  • David Stuart McGregor

    David Stuart McGregor © The Royal Scots David, an apprentice at one of our Edinburgh branches, was one of the few to be awarded the Victoria Cross
  • Harry Porteous

    Photograph of Harry Porteous as a young bank apprentice, 1905 © RBS Harry rejoined his old territorial battalion at the outbreak of war, and was killed at Loos in 1915
  • George Henry Pownall

    Typed obituary of George Henry Pownall from among Williams Deacon's Bank's records, 1916 © RBS George came back from retirement to help his former employer
  • 'Queenie' Quekett

    Cartoon of 'Queenie' Quekett drawn by an anonymous colleague, 1920s Queenie was one of the few women already working in a bank before the war
  • Sir Felix Schuster

    Sir Felix Schuster at his desk, 1930s Sir Felix, as governor of a large London bank, provided leadership to the banking community during the 1914 financial crisis
  • Union of London & Smiths Bank staff football team, 1912-13

    The Union of London & Smiths Bank staff football team, 1913 All 13 men on the squad served in the army in the First World War
  • Mary Wood

    Easter card drawn for Mary Wood by a friend, depicting her and two of her bank colleagues as Easter chicks Mary worked for Commercial Bank of Scotland from 1917 to 1924