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More about pay and hours
The return of peace brought more changes to prices and incomes.
Banking was a respectable but modestly-paid career.
As the cost of living rocketed, it became harder to make ends meet.
Wages and salaries were supplemented with new types of payments.
In 1914 30 of the banks that were to come together to create today’s RBS were trading independently.
Britain's banks in 1914 were essentially Victorian in their outlook and culture.
Every aspect of banking life felt the impact of war
Like all branches, Barrow had to cope with a whole range of new pressures and responsibilities.
George came back from retirement to help his former employer.
Doris was one of the first ‘temporary lady clerks’. Her brother Jabez, also of the bank, was killed in the war.