Aftermath and legacy

The impact of the First World War did not end with the Armistice in 1918; the after-effects were far-reaching and long-lasting.

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

Even after the First World War ended, there were many challenges still to be faced.

After the First World War ended, the complicated process of demobilisation began.

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

Many men were left with lasting injuries and illnesses resulting from their wartime service.

Banks and bankers were keen to provide for dependants of colleagues who had died in war.

Those who fought in the First World War were a unique generation. Their experiences affected the rest of their lives.

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