Clifford Borrer of Child & Co (right, holding a pipe) with army comrades, 1918 © RBS

On active service

Over 10,000 men from our banks served in the war. Their experiences could not have been more different from pre-war life behind a bank counter

A member of staff from Manchester & Liverpool District Banking Co on a visit to his old office in Manchester King Street, 1915 © RBS

Joining up

Banks wanted to support the call for soldiers, and their own workers’ eagerness to put themselves forward

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  • 1914 – the first volunteers

    • Our people
    • Joining up
    Many clerks were already volunteer soldiers. Others rushed to join them
  • Wartime pay - in uniform

    • Our people
    • Joining up
    Banks paid part-salary to employees away on military service
  • The Derby Scheme

    • Our people
    • Joining up
    Before conscription came in, there was one last attempt to recruit volunteers
Inside Bolton Deansgate branch, c.1920 © RBS

Demobilisation

After the war ended some bankers were keen to return to the work they’d left behind, while others pursued new careers

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