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In 1914 30 of the banks that were to come together to create today’s RBS were trading independently.
Many men earned decorations, both British and foreign, for their conduct.
Banks paid part-salary to employees away on military service.
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Alan served and died in the Bankers’ Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.
Harry rejoined his old territorial battalion at the outbreak of war, and was killed at Loos in 1915.
Putting his banking experience to good use, Freund became an assistant paymaster in the navy.