About this site

This site was orginally created in 2014, but since then has evolved and expanded. Find out more about its existing contents and our future plans.

This website was originally created as our contribution to national and international commemorations of the centenary of the First World War. It explored the war from the perspective of 30 banks that existed at that time and went on to become part of today's NatWest Group.

In 2020 it was expanded to include information about the Second World War. This work is due to continue over the next two years. 

The current contents of the site are as follows: 

  • The section on banking in wartime offers article pages exploring a wide range of topics connected with the First World War and its legacy.  
  • Case studies explores the wartime experiences of a range of individual bank employees in the First and Second World Wars, including people who served or died, their relatives and their colleagues.
  • Our Fallen provides a searchable database of our 1,584 colleagues who died in the First World War. Over the next two years we will be adding details of another 950 colleagues who died in the Second World War. At present, about half of them are included, repesenting those who worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland, Commercial Bank of Scotland, Williams Deacon's Bank and Westminster Bank. 
  • Our war memorials is a searchable database of more than 300 war memorials in our care, providing details of each memorial, its wording and location. You can follow links from each memorial's details to view biographies of the fallen they commemorate.