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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.

War memorials

Like other communities, banks and their staff wanted to create lasting tributes to those they had lost.

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Our war memorials

All our banks erected memorials to staff who had died in the war.


War memorials in later decades

The significance of war memorials has changed for each succeeding generation.

Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 


After four terrible years, the end of fighting was a cause for celebration.

Planning for peace


Even after the war ended, there were many challenges still to be faced.

Caring for children of the Fallen


Banks and their staff were keen to provide for dependants of colleagues who had died.

The amalgamation movement


As banks looked towards the future, they anticipated a need for fewer, larger banks.

The war generation - later lives


Those who fought in the war were a unique generation, and their experiences deeply affected the rest of their lives. 

Preparing for an international future


Banks became more involved in supporting trade with continental Europe and beyond.

Post-war rolls of honour


Some banks published lists of men from their staff who had served or died in the war.

Banking legacy


Many features of banking today can be traced back to the war years and their immediate aftermath.

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