First World War case studies

The war affected our people’s lives in many different ways. These are some of their stories.

Barrow-in-Furness branch

Like all branches, Barrow had to cope with a whole range of new pressures and responsibilities.

Freund Beaumont

Putting his banking experience to good use, Freund became an assistant paymaster in the navy.

Anthony Buckeridge

Anthony was only four years old when his father, a bank clerk, was killed in action. 

Ernest Corkish

Ernest wanted to marry his fiancée before he went to the Front, but needed hs employer's permission to do so.

Edward Davies

Edward spent his career, both before and after the war, in the emerging field of international banking.

Doris Janie Elvidge

Doris was one of the first 'temporary lady clerks'. Her brother Jabez, also of the bank, was killed in the war.

John Gruchy

John was captured in 1914 and spent the rest of the war imprisoned in Germany and, later, interned in Switzerland.

David Wishart Hanna

David survived ground-breaking surgery after being wounded in France, but died in a motorbike accident while convalescing.

Bertram Hougham

Bertram was a bank manager in Tonbridge, Kent. His 22-year-old son, also of the bank, was killed in action in 1918.

The Keeping brothers

Edwin Keeping and his younger brothers Herbert and John all worked for the same bank.

Herbert Lawrence

Sir Herbert, a partner in one of our banks, became Field Marshall Haig's Chief of General Staff.

Walter Leaf

Walter was deputy chairman of a large bank, and father of an only son away on military service.

Alan Leatherdale

Alan served and died in the Bankers' Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.

David Stuart McGregor

David was one of the few to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his conduct during his war service.

Harry Porteous

Harry rejoined his old territorial battalion at the outbreak of war, and was killed at Loos in 1915.

George Henry Pownall

George came back from retirement to help his former employer.

'Queenie' Quekett

Queenie was one of the few women already working in a bank before the war. 

Sir Felix Schuster

Sir Felix provided leadership to the banking community in the 1914 financial crisis.

Football team, 1912-3

All 13 men in this team, from Union of London & Smiths Bank, served in the First World War. 

Mary Wood

Mary worked for Commercial Bank of Scotland from 1917 to 1924.