'Serving with the Colours'

Members of staff serving with the colours, West Yorkshire Bank, c.1914.

Members of staff serving with the colours, West Yorkshire Bank, c.1914.

Most banks and companies kept records of staff on service. These usually took the form of printed or handwritten lists.

The West Yorkshire Bank, which was taken over by Lloyds in 1919, adopted a more unusual approach. This photographic record ‘Serving with the Colours’ appears to have been compiled early in the war - the end date is not given. Thirty-three men are featured, all in uniform.

One is shown in the kilted attire of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders (second row, left-hand side). His name was Alfred Percival Holland, a clerk from the Bank’s Bradford branch. It is not clear why Alfred joined a Scottish regiment – perhaps he had Scottish connections.

After the war, Alfred returned to work at the Bradford branch. However, like a number of men featured in this section (James Gray and Harry Young), he resigned shortly afterwards.

Unfortunately a full list of staff who served from the West Yorkshire Bank has not survived. Names of those who gave their lives, however, are recorded in the Lloyds Bank memorial album and on the war memorial.

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