Aftermath and legacy
Even before the war ended, it was clear that banking would never be the same again. In all sorts of ways, those times have shaped the world we still live in today.
Like other communities, banks and their staff wanted to create lasting tributes to those they had lost.
After four terrible years, the end of fighting was a cause for celebration.
Even after the war ended, there were many challenges still to be faced.
Banks and their staff were keen to provide for dependants of colleagues who had died.
As banks looked towards the future, they anticipated a need for fewer, larger banks.
Those who fought in the war were a unique generation, and their experiences deeply affected the rest of their lives.
Banks became more involved in supporting trade with continental Europe and beyond.
Some banks published lists of men from their staff who had served or died in the war.
Many features of banking today can be traced back to the war years and their immediate aftermath.